NATO: Firm grounds to terminate Libya operations

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Posted: Oct 27, 2011 1:44 PM
NATO: Firm grounds to terminate Libya operations

BERLIN (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council decision to cancel its mandate for a seven-month-old NATO military operation in Libya gave NATO firm ground for terminating its operation, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Thursday.

Asked about a future role for NATO in Libya he said: "I do not foresee a major NATO role in Libya in the forthcoming period. If requested we can assist the new authorities in the transformation to democracy ... but I wouldn't expect new tasks beyond that."

(Reporting by Alexandra Hudson; Editing by Louise Ireland)