The British Government has said that it will not seek to recover the £199 million cost of last year’s intervention in Libya.
In response to a question in parliament from the MP David Ruffley, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence, Dr Andrew Murrison (pictured), stated:
"It is important to emphasise that Libya’s security is our security, and this was a mandated operation. We will not seek to recover costs from Libya; that would not be the correct course of action. I look forward to Libya rejoining the international community of nations and to the UK and Libya proceeding on that basis."
Over the course of Operation Ellamy – the codename for the UK operation – Britain deployed 25 fighter aircraft, four Apache helicopters, three frigates, a destroyer, two submarines, numerous surveillance aircraft and other support equipment.
(Sources: Hansard, Libya Herald)