Washington: NATO would remain engaged in
Libya till the time its mission of protecting the civilians is accomplished and this has not been achieved yet, the US has said.
"The United States believes that NATO needs to stay
engaged until the civilian protection mission is complete,"
State department spokesman Victoria Nuland told reporters
during her daily news conference.
"As NATO itself said today, that`s not today. That
fighting continues in and around Sirte and places south of
Tripoli and NATO continues to be involved in trying to defend
civilians and will continue to do so," she said.
"When peace is complete in Libya, NATO has said and
the US supports this that it sees itself going into a
supporting role within the international community, that were
the international community, were the Libyans themselves to
ask for a different supporting role for NATO of some kind,
that NATO would look at that," she said.
"But clearly, this mission would end and you would be
looking at a different mission based on a Libyan request, and
it`s too early to know where that might go, and we have to
first finish the job of Operation Unified Protector," Nuland