NATO vows to stay out of Libyan conflict

AP News
Posted: Feb 24, 2011 8:06 AM
NATO vows to stay out of Libyan conflict

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says the Western military alliance will not intervene in the Libyan conflict.

Fogh Rasmussen said Thursday the alliance has received no such requests and that in any case any intervention must be based on a United Nations mandate. He made the comments in Kiev where he was on an official visit meeting with Ukrainian officials.

Fogh Rasmussen said the events in Libya do not threaten any NATO members, but the conflict could spark a mass refugee crisis.

The popular uprising in Libya has been violently suppressed, leading some to believe the country could be moving toward civil war.