No need to extend NATO`s Libya mission: France

NATO last week announced preliminary plans to wind down the bombing campaign on October 31.

Last Updated: Oct 27, 2011, 14:18 PM IST

Paris: France`s defence minister says he doesn`t see a need to extend NATO`s mission in Libya, now that Muammar Gaddafi is dead and a new government is in charge.

Gerard Longuet says that the international community should still help the new Libyan leadership but with a new mandate, focusing on political instead of military support.

NATO last week announced preliminary plans to wind down the bombing campaign on October 31, but then on Wednesday unexpectedly postponed a definitive decision amid continuing consultations with the UN and the country`s interim government.
Longuet said on France-Info radio on Thursday, "I don`t exactly understand the need" to keep the operation going. He said the mission is continuing surveillance but is already "being dismantled rather quickly”.

Bureau Report