NATO to formally end Libya operations Oct 31

AP News
Posted: Oct 27, 2011 1:57 PM
NATO to formally end Libya operations Oct 31

NATO's secretary-general says the alliance will on Friday confirm a decision to end its operations in Libya by Oct. 31.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Thursday after meetings in Berlin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the U.N.'s resolution adopted earlier in the day "reflects that we have fully accomplished our mandate to protect the civilian population of Libya, so now we have firm ground for terminating our operations as we decided to do a week ago."

He said that even though he does not "foresee a major NATO role in Libya in the post-conflict period," if requested the alliance could assist the new Libyan government in the transformation to democracy, particularly in the areas of defense and security sector reforms.

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Fogh Rasmussen added that he wouldn't expect new tasks beyond that.