BRITAIN has taken part in 59 aerial missions, as well as air and missile strikes, the Foreign Secretary has revealed.
William Hague told MPs the no-fly zone was established and that he wanted to see operations moved from the command of the United States to Nato “as quickly as possible”.
“We need agreement to unified command and control for it to be robust, and we expect to get that soon,” he said.
With Washington insisting the US will step back from its leading role within days, Prime Minister David Cameron wants Nato to take the lead.
But French president Nicolas Sarkozy, backed by Turkey and Germany, wants the Alliance kept in a support role, with strategic decisions taken only by the governments in the military coalition.
Mr Cameron and Mr Sarkozy delivered an update over dinner last night at a summit in Brussels, insisting that the EU should keep up and extend its humanitarian role in the region, leaving the military operation to be conducted at Nato and coalition level.
Mr Sarkozy insists Nato primacy would send the wrong signal to Arab League nations which have joined the offensive.
Instead he wants the lead taken by a temporary “steering group” made up of the foreign ministers of all countries involved in the military action.
Mr Hague is due to hold a meeting in London next Tuesday to demonstrate clarity and convince Washington of a clear chain of command.
He told the Commons: “Resolution 1973 lays out very clear conditions that must be met, including an immediate ceasefire, a halt to all attacks on civilians and full humanitarian access to those in need.
“We will continue our efforts until these conditions are fulfilled. The Libyan regime will be judged by its actions, not its words.”