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Defense minister says Greece firm on Libya position

Greece?s role in operations in Libya will not change even though NATO is taking over control of the military effort, Defense Minister Evangelos Venizelos said on Friday.

?The framework we have created with regard to the participation of Greece is stable and will not change on a day-to-day basis,? he said, adding that Athens would help uphold the arms embargo on Colonel Muammar Gadhafi?s regime and provide support for the imposition of a no-fly zone.

?We will respond to requests from allies and partners? and we hope that NATO will take control of operations so there is clarity, transparency and an organized process that we are familiar with.?

On Thursday night, Prime Minister George Papandreou said that the diplomatic effort in Libya should be stepped up. ?Now is the time to begin preparations for political and diplomatic initiatives and solutions so that the road can open for a better, more democratic and peaceful Libya for its people,? he said.