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Germany pulls out of NATO operations

Posted by smeddum on March 22, 2011

Tuesday Mar 22 2011
Germany has pulled out of NATO operations in the Mediterranean due to the disagreement over the forces’ mission in Libya.

The German defense ministry said on Tuesday that Berlin pulled out of any military operations in the Mediterranean following the military alliance’s involvement in the Libya conflict, DPA reported.

A ministry spokesman said two frigates and two other ships with a crew of 550 would be revert to German command.

Some 60 to 70 German troops participating in NATO-operated Awacs surveillance operations in the Mediterranean would be withdrawn, according to the ministry.

US President Barack Obama, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron have agreed NATO should play an important role in the command structure of the Libya mission, the White House said.

AS/AGB

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