France to Send Military Liaison Officers to Libya

By Staff | April 20, 2011 | 6:43 AM EDT

Paris (AP) - France's government says it will send a small number of military liaison officers to Libya to work with opposition forces, but no ground troops.

Britain is sending up to 20 military advisers to help Libya's rebel force break a stalemate with Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's forces.

French government spokesman Francois Baroin said Wednesday that the France will send "a very small number" of liaison officers to help the Libyan rebels and apply the U.N. resolution on protecting civilians.

He insisted, "We do not envisage deploying combat ground troops."

French Defense Minister Gerard Longuet says the U.N. Security Council should weigh whether to send ground troops.

Libyan opposition leader Mustafa Abdul-Jalil is meeting with President Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris on Wednesday.