April 28, 2011
British troops could be deployed to the Libyan border to guard refugees fleeing the Gaddafi regime, Liam Fox signalled yesterday.
The Defence Secretary spoke out following the flight of more than 30,000 civilians – mainly ethnic Berbers – into neighbouring Tunisia. Many have been given shelter by local communities, but others are living in makeshift camps.
Although the Government has repeatedly stressed it would not send ground troops into Libya, Dr Fox suggested UK soldiers could be dispatched to its border with Tunisia to enforce “safe havens” protecting refugees from attacks by Gaddafi’s troops.
Giving evidence to the Commons defence select committee, he was asked whether sending forces to the border area would be within the terms of the UN resolution authorising military action in Libya.
This article was posted: Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 2:59 am