CCTV.com - CNTV English - CCTV News

NATO to stay in Libya as long as it takes: Rasmussen

10-11-2011 08:57 BJT

BUCHAREST, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- The North-Atlantic alliance is to remain deployed in Libya as long as there are threats to the local civil population, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Monday.

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmunssen addresses the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in
Bucharest, capital of Romania, Oct. 10, 2011. The NATO Parliamentary Assembly held its 57th
annual meeting in Bucharest from Oct. 7 to 10. (Xinhua/Agerpres)

"We are in Libya to protect the civil population from attacks and we are going to keep our operation as long as it takes so that we make sure there are no threats to civilians," Rasmussen told a joint press conference with Romanian Foreign Minister Teodor Baconschi.

However, the NATO Secretary General said NATO's mission in Libya was close to its end, and that the alliance was ready to conclude its operation as soon as the situation on the field requires it.

Rasmussen is in Bucharest for the 57th annual session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly held between October 7 and 10.

He also met during his visit with Romanian President Traian Basescu, president of the Senate Mircea Geoana, speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Roberta Anastase, and Minister of National Defense Gabriel Oprea.

Participants attend the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in
Bucharest, capital of Romania, Oct. 10, 2011.
(Xinhua/Agerpres)

 

 

Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: Xinhua

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program