US confident of NATO success in Libya
The United States expressed confidence Tuesday that NATO is capable of effectively carrying out its mission in Libya amid criticism in Europe that the alliance is not doing enough, dpa reported.
"We believe that NATO is more than capable of carrying out its mission, and in fact they are carrying it out successfully," State Department spokesman Mark Toner said.
NATO headquarters in Brussels has rebuffed earlier criticism from Britain and France that it was not doing enough to halt Libyan leader Moamer Gaddafi's assault against opposition forces. The US is the largest contributor to the alliance.
The US initially led the international military response that began on March 19 in response to Gaddafi's assault on cities held by rebels and later transferred the role to NATO's command. The US has since reduced its military role in the conflict but continues to provide logistical support.
Earlier, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe told a French radio station Tuesday that NATO was "not sufficiently" playing its role and should more aggressively go after Gaddafi's forces. British Foreign Minister William Hague also said NATO needs to intensify its efforts.