NATO head: Mission will soon be terminated in Libya
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen declared Thursday that the defence organization would soon end its mission in Libya now that Moamer Gaddafi's "rule of fear has finally come to an end."
"We will terminate our mission in coordination with the United Nations and the National Transitional Council," Rasmussen said in a statement. "With the reported fall of Bani Walid and Sirte, that moment has now moved much closer", dpa reported.
Gaddafi was killed earlier Thursday in his home town of Sirte - his final holdout - by forces loyal to Libya's transitional leadership.
NATO ambassadors are to hold an extraordinary meeting on Friday to discuss ending military operations in Libya, diplomats from the alliance told dpa on Thursday.