Mr Cameron asks Belgium to help out

The Prime Minister, Yves Leterme (Flemish Christian democrat), has received a phone call from his British counterpart David Cameron in connection with Libya.

The British leader has asked the Belgian Premier whether Belgium can step into the breach and help to cushion the departure of US airplanes from the international coalition against the Gaddafi regime.

At present Belgium has not received any explicit request to contribute more planes. Belgium currently has six F-16 fighter-jets helping to enforce UN Resolution 1973 and police the no fly zone above Libya.

Also today it emerged that Belgian fighter planes had to abort an attack against a Libyan target because the danger of causing unintended damage was too great. Defence Minister Pieter De Crem (Flemish Christian democrat) gave confirmation of the incident that happened on Tuesday in the Chamber of Representatives this afternoon. What the intended target was remains unclear.