27 Mar 2011 Defensenews AFP
LONDON - The coalition of international forces taking military action in Libya will not arm rebels fighting Moammar Gadhafi's forces, British defense minister Liam Fox said on March 27. Supplying weapons to the ragtag band of rebels to take on the superior firepower of Gadhafi's troops would be in breach of a U.N. arms embargo, he said. "We are not arming the rebels, we are not planning to arm the rebels," Fox told BBC television from a NATO meeting in Brussels, where the alliance looked set to take command of military operations against the Libyan leader. There was a U.N. arms embargo across the whole of the North African country and "we have to accept that," he added.