NATO chief says Libya mission continues until threat gone

LISBON, Sept 8 (Reuters) - NATO will continue its mission inLibya as long as any threat remains to the population fromforces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, the head of the westernalliance said on Thursday.

NATO's Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen toldreporters in Lisbon that after the threat is gone, thealliance's role will be a supporting one.

"NATO and our partners will continue the mission as long asthe threat remains, but not a minute longer," he said. "Gaddafiand the remains of his machine must realize that there isnothing to be gained from more fighting."

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