BRUSSELS — NATO’s top decision-making body approved late Sunday a military plan to implement the U.N. arms embargo on Libya, but failed to agree on a plan for the alliance to enforce the no-fly zone over this north African country.
Diplomats said Turkey’s opposition to any NATO intervention in Libya stalled the approval of plans to launch aerial patrols over Libya to prevent the government air force from attacking civilian targets, which were drawn up by NATO’s military staff.
NATO members France, Britain and the United States have been carrying out strikes on Libyan targets since Saturday. But they have acted as individual nations rather than members of the alliance.
Arab reaction mixed
to airstrikes by allies
CAIRO—The U.S. and allied bombing of Libya that began Saturday opened a floodgate of competing emotions across the Arab world, which supports the Libyan rebels but is wary of more Western intervention.
Arabs are watching the attacks against Moammar Gadhafi’s regime with a blend of relief for the help to outgunned rebels, trepidation about ulterior motives of Western intervention, and envy in volatile countries where calls for international help were unheeded.
The Arab League initially supported the campaign but its secretary general, Amr Moussa, said it had endorsed a no-fly zone, not bombings. The confusion over what a no-fly zone entails persisted among ordinary Arabs, too.
condemns U.S. actions
CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez condemned what he called “indiscriminate bombing” by the U.S. and its allies in Libya, saying Sunday that the assault is causing civilian casualties.
Chavez said the U.S. is after Libya’s oil, and warned President Barack Obama not to try any similar intervention in the South American country. “With Venezuela, don’t even think about it, Mr. Obama,” he said.
3 French journalists
missing near Tobruk
BENGHAZI, Libya — Two journalists working for a French news agency and a photographer traveling with them are missing in Libya while reporting on the fighting between Moammar Gadhafi’s forces and rebels, the agency said Sunday.
Agence France-Presse said the journalists disappeared Saturday morning while working near the eastern city of Tobruk, not far from the border with Egypt.
Libyan military seizes
an Italian tugboat
ROME — Libyan military officials on Sunday boarded an Italian tugboat docked at Tripoli’s port and threatened to suspend its communications in an apparent seizure, the ship owner said, as U.S. and European airstrikes enforced a no-fly zone over Libya.
Italian officials warned they would do whatever was necessary to free the crew of the “Asso 22,” which includes eight Italians, two Indians and a Ukrainian. The tug was involved in servicing oil platforms off the Tripoli coast.
The ship owner, Naples-based Augusta Offshore SrL, said Tripoli port officials had boarded the vessel Friday and Saturday, asking to see and photograph its equipment, with some spending the night on board.
— Wire Reports