The Daily Mail is reporting that Italy has called for a cease fire with Libya.
Italy broke ranks with Nato yesterday and demanded an urgent halt to hostilities in Libya. Franco Frattini, the foreign minister in Rome, called for an ‘immediate suspension’ of military operations to allow humanitarian aid to be brought to the wartorn country. He also said military leaders should provide more details about Nato bombing raids following mistakes which led to civilians being killed. His demand for a ceasefire echoed comments by Arab League Chairman Amr Moussa on Tuesday. However, British Prime Minister David Cameron played down calls to stop the mission and said it would eventually reach a ‘satisfactory conclusion’.
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Analysis. NATO is casualty averse. The major combatants may also be running out of ammunition.
Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope, the head of the Royal Navy, and Air Chief Marshal Sir Simon Bryant, the RAF’s second-in-command, have both warned that their services would struggle to fight beyond six months because of defence cuts. It led Mr Cameron to slap down top brass by warning: ‘You do the fighting and I’ll do the talking.’ He told MPs: ‘I have sought assurances, and received them, from the Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir David Richards, that we are capable of keeping up this operation for as long as it takes.