NATO - North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

21 Sep. 2011

NATO Secretary General statement on NAC decision to extend Libya mission

The North Atlantic Council has decided today to extend the current mandate of Operation Unified Protector, while keeping the situation under regular review. Together with our partners, NATO has been remarkably successful in fulfilling the mandate of the United Nations. But while threats to civilians persist, we will continue to protect them under the mandate confirmed unanimously in United Nations Security Council Resolution 2009, and at the request of the National Transition Council.

We are determined to continue our mission for as long as necessary, but ready to terminate the operation as soon as possible. While the technical rollover is for up to 90 days, the review will allow us to end our tasks at any time. We will do this in coordination with the United Nations, taking into account United Nations Security Council Resolution 2009, and in line with the will of the Libyan authorities.

This decision sends a clear message to the Libyan people. We will be there for as long as necessary, but not a day longer, while you take your future in your hands to ensure a safe transition to the new Libya.

Last updated: 21-Sep-2011 17:20

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Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 22. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Dr. Zalmai Rassoul, in New York City. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 22. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Dr. Zalmai Rassoul, in New York City. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 22. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen greets President of Serbia, Boris Tadic, at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 22. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets with President of Serbia, Boris Tadic, at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 22. Sep. 2011 The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Sergey Lavrov greets NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 22. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Sergey Lavrov, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, speaks during the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, speaks during the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, speaks during the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, speaks during the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, speaks during the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen attends the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 Members of the World's media gather around an aging CRT monitor to see President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, speak during the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks during an interview in the rose garden of the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Rasmussen is in the city for the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks during an interview in the rose garden of the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Rasmussen is in the city for the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks during an interview in the rose garden of the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Rasmussen is in the city for the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks during an interview in the rose garden of the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Rasmussen is in the city for the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen walks through the rose garden of the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Rasmussen is in the city for the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen (r) is interviewed by Jakob Nielson of the Danish publication, Politiken, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Rasmussen is in the city for the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 Emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani greets NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the Qatar Mission in New York City. The two leaders are in the city for the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets with the Emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani at the Qatar Mission in New York City. The two leaders are in the city for the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen (r) speaks with the Luxembourg Minister for Foreign Affairs, Jean Asselborn in New York City. The two leaders are in the city for the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, reviews schedule notes in an office overlooking the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Rasmussen is in the city to attend the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon bids farewell to NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the United Nations Headquarters in New York following a meeting between the two on the eve of the opening of the UN General Assembly. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen signs the guest book of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon as Ki-moon looks on at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon greets NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on the eve of the opening of the UN General Assembly. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen pauses before the portrait of the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets with the President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on the eve of the opening of the UN General Assembly. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Kostyantyn Gryshchenko in New York on the eve of the opening of the UN General Assembly. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks outside of the United Nations Headquarters in New York. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks outside of the United Nations Headquarters in New York. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen is interviewed by Jonathan Wachtel of Fox News outside of the United Nations Headquarters in New York. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen is interviewed outside of the United Nations Headquarters in New York. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen is interviewed by Isha Sasay of CNN outside of the United Nations Headquarters in New York. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen is interviewed by Isha Sasay of CNN outside of the United Nations Headquarters in New York. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen (left) attends the High-Level Meeting on Libya at the United Nations Headquarters, New York. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen (left) attends the High-Level Meeting on Libya at the United Nations Headquarters, New York. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen attends the High-Level Meeting on Libya at the United Nations Headquarters, New York. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen attends the High-Level Meeting on Libya at the United Nations Headquarters, New York. 

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