Communist Party of Greece (KKE) General Secretary Aleka Papariga contacted Prime Minister George Papandreou on the telephone on Friday and asked that Greece should not in any way become involved in an "imperialist" military operation in Libya.

Among others, Papariga asked that the United States and NATO bases in Souda, Crete and Aktio, western Greece should not be used during any such operation.

According to a KKE announcement, Papariga rejected the humanitarian grounds cited for such an operation and said that it lacked legitimacy.