No military solution to Libya: NATO
Updated: 2011-04-14 17:16
BERLIN - There is no military solution to the Libyan conflicts and NATO hopes to see a political one in the near future, the alliance's head, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, said just ahead of the foreign ministers' gathering on Thursday.
"The worst outcome would be a military stalemate or a de facto partition of Libyan society, in which Libya would become a failed state and a breeding ground of terrorist groups -- and that so close to Europe's borders," the NATO chief warned.
As for providing humanitarian aid to Libya, Rasmussen insisted that the alliance will not assume a leading role, saying the United Nations should coordinate, with the support of the European Union (EU).
Foreign ministers from 28 NATO countries are meeting in Berlin on Thursday and Friday, with the Libyan conflicts high on their agenda.
During their talks, the ministers will try to bridge their sharp differences over the scope of the NATO-led military campaign against Libya, after French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe and his British counterpart William Hague publicly pressed their NATO allies to step up air raids in Libya.
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