Coalition army chiefs say Libya war yet to end

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Coalition army chiefs say Libya war yet to end

The chiefs of staff of countries militarily involved in the Libyan conflict agreed on Monday that the war in the North African country was far from over.

By (AFP)

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Published: Mon 29 Aug 2011, 9:46 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 8:41 PM

A statement from their meeting in the Gulf state of Qatar said that joint action was still needed to uproot the remnants of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime.

“The chiefs of staff of the coalition countries have unanimously agreed that the war is yet to end,” said the curt statement.

They also agreed that “there is a need to continue the joint action until the Libyan people achieve their goal by eliminating the remnants of Gaddafi,” the statement added.

Libyan rebel chief Mustafa Abdel Jalil warned as the meeting opened that Gaddafi still posed a danger both inside and outside Libya, and urged no let-up in international action against the strongman.

“Gaddafi’s defiance of the coalition forces still poses a danger, not only for Libya but for the world. That is why we are calling for the coalition to continue its support,” he said.

“Without the support of NATO, the rebels would never be where they are today,” he said, as the insurgents prepared on Monday to launch an assault on Gaddafi’s hometown of Sirte after routing his forces in the capital Tripoli a week ago.

The international coalition launched Operation Unified Protector in Libya on March 19 under a UN mandate which authorised air strikes to protect civilians in the country’s civil war which began with a peaceful revolt in mid-February.

Since March 31, the air strikes have been carried out under the command of NATO, but the NATO mandate expires on September 27.

About 15 countries, including the United States, France, Britain and Italy, are taking part in the Doha meeting.

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