The military commander of the NATO operation over Libya has said the threat of organised attacks against the civilian population has disappeared, and the alliance mission will stop at the end of the month.
General Charles Bouchard had directed operations from Naples.
“Essentially today, all areas have been freed and coastal areas of Libya are under the control of the NTC. The threat of organised attacks from Gaddafi regime remants is essentially gone,” he told a news conference by video link.
Surveillance planes were deployed in March even before the UN Security Council authorised ‘all necessary measures’ to protect civilians in Libya.
At first, Russia expressed concerns that the alliance spearheaded by France and Britain, was overstepping the mandate.
The end of the mission will be formally announced by NATO’s political leaders in the coming days.