NATO operation 'over' when NTC declares Libya free: France
NATO's operations in Libya will be over when the National Transitional Council declares that the country has been fully liberated, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said on Thursday.
"From the moment the NTC declares that Libyan territory has been liberated, then obviously the NATO operation is over," Juppe told France-Info radio during a visit to India.
Juppe had earlier hailed the "end of 42 years of tyranny" in Libya after Moamer Kadhafi's death and said France was "proud" to have helped bring freedom to the country.
French and British forces spearheaded the air campaign against Kadhafi's military by the NATO military alliance, which has launched nearly 1,000 strike sorties since March 31.
French Defence Minister Gerard Longuet said Thursday that French warplanes had been involved in "stopping" a convoy of vehicles carrying Kadhafi before he was killed in clashes in Libya.
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