Italy says need NATO or will resume control of bases

BRUSSELS, March 21 Mon Mar 21, 2011 12:06pm EDT

BRUSSELS, March 21 (Reuters) - Italy will resume control of airbases it has authorised for use by allies in operations over Libya unless a NATO coordination structure is agreed for the mission, Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said on Monday.

"If there were a multiplication of commands, which would be mistaken in itself, we would have to find a means for Italy to resume control of its own command structures," Frattini told reporters at a meeting in Brussels.

He added that "we would have to look for an operational solution which would ensure than someone else's action did not rebound on us." (Reporting by Franceso Guarascio, writing by James Mackenzie)

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