Canada says will join "extensive" aerial operation

Sat Mar 19, 2011 12:49pm EDT
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PARIS (Reuters) - Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Saturday that "extensive" aerial operations would soon start in Libya and Canada would be part of that.

Harper, speaking to reporters following talks between world powers on a coordinated intervention in Libya, said naval actions were also taking place, including a naval blockade.

"The parameters of our mission are clear. They are wide ranging and they do not include on-the-ground action," Harper said. "It is our belief that if Mr. Gaddafi loses the capacity to enforce his will through vastly superior armed forces, he simply will not be able to sustain his grip on the country."

(Reporting by Vicky Buffery; Writing by Catherine Bremer; Editing by Alastair Macdonald)