NATO says conditions apply to any Libya action

BRUSSELS, March 10 Thu Mar 10, 2011 8:30am EST

BRUSSELS, March 10 (Reuters) - NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Thursday any NATO military action in Libya would have to be based on there being a demonstrable need and a clear mandate and with support in the region.

"Any operation we undertake needs to respect three key principles: firstly there has to be demonstrable need for NATO action, secondly there has to be a clear legal basis, and thirdly there has to be firm regional support," he said, as NATO defence ministers met to discuss options to respond to the turmoil in Libya, including a possible no-fly zone.

(reporting by Missy Ryan and David Brunnstrom)

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