We could arm Libya rebels - Cameron
Britain has not ruled out arming rebels in Libya, Prime Minister David Cameron has said.
The UK is already providing some logistical equipment and military advisers to the opposition forces on the ground in Libya, as well as playing a large role in Nato-led aerial operations.
In an interview broadcast on US TV network CBS on Wednesday night, Mr Cameron was asked whether he could envisage arming the rebel forces "in a more significant way".
He replied: "I wouldn't rule that out, but what we have done so far is we've helped the rebels, in line with the UN resolution 1973, to protect civilian life by giving them better communications equipment."
Downing Street stressed that there were no current plans to arm Libyan rebels. A spokeswoman said: "Everything that we do or potentially could do has got to be within the remit of the UN resolution and the Prime Minister is very clear on that."
The news came as the military head of Libya's rebel forces urged Nato to find more attack helicopters to counter Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's tanks.
General Abdul Fattah Younis, who left the regime to join the uprising and now has a four-million-dollar bounty on his head, was in Brussels for talks at Nato and EU headquarters.
He voiced fears that Gaddafi might have access to chemical weapons in the form of mustard gas, and that he would fight "to the bitter end" and commit suicide if necessary rather than concede defeat.
Defence Secretary Liam Fox said the Libyan mission could be "protracted". Dr Fox, who told a Commons committee that the operation must not be limited by spending constraints, said: "If we were at any point to say to Gaddafi 'By the way, our resolve is shaky, there may be a chance you could stay in power', what will be the effect on the Gaddafi regime? Everything we say, we have to remember, will be listened to in Tripoli."
Speaking at a Westminster lunch, he added: "We have to be very clear at all times that we are sending a consistent message, that he will not be able to remain in power and he will not be able to terrorise his people in the way he has."