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Labour politician cracks Libyan whip. A top Labour (Ap) politician warns Norwegian surveillance planes and frigates could be sent to Libya in four weeks. “We are not pulling out of Libya, and are willing to contribute on political, humanitarian, or renewed military fronts if necessary,” Roger Ingebrigtsen, Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Defence, tells Klassekampen. Discounting further F-16 involvement following last week’s Socialist Left (SV) influenced decision to bring the jets home by 01 August, the Deputy Minister justifies his statement, saying, “We could be facing a bloodbath in four weeks if NATO pulls its warplanes out. What will the world, Labour (Ap), and the Socialist Left (SV) do then?” he asks.

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Labour politician cracks Libyan whip

Published on Thursday, 16th June, 2011 at 10:53 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 16th June 2011 at 11:17.

A top Labour (Ap) politician warns Norwegian surveillance planes and frigates could be sent to Libya in four weeks.

Deputy Minister Roger Ingebrigtsen
'We could be facing a bloodbath if NATO pulls its planes out.'Deputy Minister Roger Ingebrigtsen
Photo: GAD/Wikimedia Commons


“We are not pulling out of Libya, and are willing to contribute on political, humanitarian, or renewed military fronts if necessary,” Roger Ingebrigtsen, Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Defence, tells Klassekampen.

Discounting further F-16 involvement following last week’s Socialist Left (SV) influenced decision to bring the jets home by 01 August, the Deputy Minister justifies his statement, saying, “We could be facing a bloodbath in four weeks if NATO pulls its warplanes out. What will the world, Labour (Ap), and the Socialist Left (SV) do then?” he asks.

Labour and the Socialist Left disagreed about continuing any military engagement at all after the first tour of duty, with SV wanting a debate first. Defence Minister Grete Faremo has also temporarily discounted sending in ground troops.

Despite having “a different view about Libyan engagement than SV”, according to Deputy Minister Ingebrigtsen, both Parties managed to reach “a very good compromise”.

In reply to today’s article in Klassekampen, he says in press statement, “it is important to emphasise this is just repeating what the Ministry of Defence has expressed previously. The military options may be staff officers in NATO's chain of command and/or Norwegian personnel involved in NATO's airborne control and warning systems.”



Published on Thursday, 16th June, 2011 at 10:53 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 16th June 2011 at 11:17.

This post has the following tags: rogeringebrigtsen, muammaral-gaddafi, norwaylibyacampaign.





  
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