“It is necessary to end hostilities in Libya in order to pave the way for humanitarian aid,” said the head of Italian diplomacy during a speech before two parliamentary committees.
March 19, a coalition of Western nations launched a military operation against Libya in order to protect the civilian population of the country against forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. A few days later, the operation command is passed to NATO.
Rome is making its contribution to operations against the Libyan regime, that have many hunters and boats available to NATO in Libya. Italy also lends its air bases for coalition aircraft.
April 4, Italy has recognized the National Transitional Council (CNT) formed by the rebellion in Benghazi Libya as the only legitimate representative of the Libyan people.