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Greece only providing support for Libya operations

Greece has clarified that it is only providing a supporting role in the efforts of coalition forces to establish a no-fly zone over Libya and is not taking part in any military operations.

The Defense Ministry issued a statement to emphasize that Greece was not actively involved in any of the current operations after two nights of bombings in Libya but was offering the use of bases and airports.

?At the moment, Greece is not taking part in any military operations, which are not being carried out within the NATO framework,? said the ministry.

?On a bilateral level, Greece is responding to requests from friends and allies for providing help of a supportive nature. Greece has informed NATO that it is putting at its disposal the base at Souda, the airports at Aktio and Andravida, the frigate that has been sailing in waters between Crete and Libya for the past few days and an AWACS flying radar.?

Athens will also offer a helicopter for search and rescue operations, should it be needed, said the ministry.