RNW, 22 March 2011
The Netherlands is sending F-16 fighter planes, a minesweeper HNLMS Haarlem and a refuelling plane to help the international military operation in Libya according to sources. The Dutch government met on Tuesday evening to take decisions over Dutch participation in a NATO mission in Libya.
The Dutch operation will last three months and will cost 20 million euros. Six F-16s will be involved - two of them as reserve planes. Two hundred Dutch troops will be deployed. The HNLMS Haarlem is already in the Mediterranean for a NATO exercise.
Earlier today, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen announced that NATO would enforce the weapon embargo against Libya. It is the first time all 28 NATO countries have reached agreement over the crisis in Libya. A unanimous decision is needed for NATO to take action.
NATO also has plans for monitoring the no-fly zone above Libya. At the moment a coalition of international forces is enforcing the no-fly zone.