LISBON, Sept 8 (Reuters) - NATO will continue its mission in
Libya as long as any threat remains to the population from
forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, the head of the western
alliance said on Thursday.
NATO's Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told
reporters in Lisbon that after the threat is gone, the
alliance's role will be a supporting one.
"NATO and our partners will continue the mission as long as
the threat remains, but not a minute longer," he said. "Gaddafi
and the remains of his machine must realize that there is
nothing to be gained from more fighting."