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Papandreou backs military action over Libya

Prime Minister George Papandreou has backed the use of military action against Libyan forces after Colonel Moammar Gadhafi?s regime failed to maintain the ceasefire against rebels that it had promised.

Speaking in Paris on Saturday following a meeting of European, US and Arab leaders hosted by France, Papandreou said that the international community had no choice but to enforce a United Nations resolution imposing no-fly zone over Libya.

?Today’s meeting showed the determination of the international community to enforce the decisions of the United Nations, especially for the protection of human life in Libya and, of course, on the need to implement a ceasefire,? said the prime minister.

?Unfortunately, despite the assurance of the regime in Libya that the decisions will be implemented and that a ceasefire will be implemented, they proved to be false in reality due to violent actions.

?That is why the international community will move for the implementation of the decisions.”

US and British ships and submarines have fired missiles at targets in Libya and French fighter jets are patrolling the sky above the North African country.

Greece has decided to allow NATO forces to use Greek bases in Souda and Aktio for military operations if needed and will offer the use of up to four F16s from the Greek Air Force to help patrol the no-fly zone.