NATO chief regrets ‘loss of life’

Rasmussen describes “friendly fire” deaths in Libya as “very unfortunate” and insists progress is being made.

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen addresses a news conference at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels March 24, 2011. NATO clinched agreement on Thursday to take over command of all allied military operations in Libya from the United States after days of sometimes heated wrangling with Muslim member Turkey. REUTERS/Ezequiel Scagnetti (BELGIUM - Tags: CONFLICT POLITICS MILITARY)

Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the NATO secretary-general, talks to Al Jazeera about what he says is progress being made in implementing UN Security Council resolution 1973 – and about the rebel deaths caused by NATO forces near Brega.

He says there has been no breach of the arms embargo since NATO has been enforcing it. The bombing of “friendly forces” was a “very unfortunate incident”, he says, and he “strongly regrets the loss of life”. But the situation on the ground is “very fluid”, Rasmussen says.

Source: Al Jazeera