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Norway clarifies the conditions of their participation in Operation Odyssey Dawn

The Norwegian C130 in Crete for the operation on Libya (credit: Norwegian army)

(BRUSSELS2) It was a small bolt from the blue in the “Odyssey Dawn” coalition. The Norwegian decision to suspend the participation of its F-16s in the “No Fly Zone” over Libya until “ the command structure is not defined » deserved to be explained. It's done. The Norwegian Minister of Defense, Grete Faremo, published a note in which she expressed her conditions for participating in a coalition mission, an international coalition which must also be " wide as possible, with significant participation from the countries of the region ».

Conditions that are not really different from the conditions set during " any Norwegian involvement in international operations she clarified:

  • be part of effective command and control;
  • have access to and approve operation plans;
  • have full control of how Norwegian Norwegian forces are used;
  • Norwegian law and international law, the basis of Norway's contribution;
  • submission of Norwegian personnel to Norwegian jurisdiction;
  • rules for the use of force (rules of engagement) satisfactory in relation to the objectives of the operation and security for the Norwegian armed forces;
  • inclusion of Norwegian officers in the chain of command to ensure that contributions from Norwegian forces do not conflict with Norwegian law.

Once the command structure is in place, the Norwegian forces are ready to " achieve compliance with all aspects of Resolution 1973, in both an air-to-air and air-to-ground function. "And this within a period of time" Fast », Underlines the Minister of Defense. NB: Norwegian combat aircraft are today deployed with support elements in the Souda base, in Crete. Norway plans a first mandate for its planes of 3 months, for a free budget of 70 million crowns (approximately 8,9 million euros).

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).