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BRUSSELS, Belgium | NATO’s defense ministers share concern about Moammar Gadhafi's escalating attacks on the Libyan people and have agreed to plan for all military options, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here yesterday.
Speaking at a news conference after a meeting of the alliance’s defense ministers, Gates added that NATO will act only “if there is demonstrable need, a sound legal basis and strong regional support” for military action.
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the alliance is prepared for whatever it may be required to do.
“NATO is united, NATO is vigilant, NATO is ready to act,” he said
FRENCH president Nicolas Sarkozy wants EU leaders to back air strikes against the Gaddafi regime in Libya, it was claimed yesterday.
Asked if Britain would follow suit, officials in London said the UK was "taking it step by step."
Last night, Nato chiefs denied there had been any discussion about the possibility of air strikes - but the French government refused to comment.