DM Venizelos on Libya

Defence Minister Evangelos Venizelos on Tuesday clarified that the facilities of a supportive nature that Greece is providing to friendly and allied countries, regarding the war in Libya, emanate from the UN's legislative framework, the regulatory framework of the UN's resolution 1973 on Libya and article 28 paragraph 2 of the Constitution regarding our accession to the UN.

Referring to the means that have been announced that Greece provides in the framework of NATO, Venizelos said it is very important for the research and rescue helicopter to be operating within the national jurisdiction region, the provision of a picture at CAOC-7 in Larissa through the Early Warning Airborne System as well as the fact that the French aircraft carrier has requested to act from the Athens FIR's region since it is linked with the submission of flight plans and research and rescue operations.

In parallel, he reiterated that there is absolutely no problem in Greece from the weaponry systems possessed by Libya. Their radius is greatly smaller even if their theoretical radius level is taken into consideration.

Meanwhile, National Defence General Staff chief Ioannis Yiangos was at the Souda naval station and the 115 Combat Squadron on Monday night and by early on Tuesday morning. Norway's aircraft, including a C-130 have landed in Souda and Qatar's aircraft were expected during the day.




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