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NATO official says no plans to send troops to Libya

RIA Novosti

05:17 25/08/2011 ROME, August 25 (RIA Novosti) - NATO does not plan to send troops to Libya for peacekeeping operations after the fall of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's regime, Italy's daily Corriera della Sera reported, citing a NATO official.

"NATO is ready to render assistance and support in restoration [of Libya]. But we will do it only on legal basis, in other words, under the UN mandate," Admiral Giampaolo Di Paola, the chairman of the NATO Military Committee, said.

Rebels seized control of much of Tripoli this week, but Colonel Gaddafi's whereabouts remain unknown. According to a pro-Gaddafi television channel, the 69-year-old promised "martyrdom or victory" in his fight against the rebels and NATO forces.

The National Transitional Council on Wednesday offered amnesty, as well as a $1.3-million reward for anyone who captures or kills Gaddafi.



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