No urgency to wind down Libya ops: France

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There is no urgency for France to end its role in the NATO military operations in Libya it has been spearheading, Defence Minister Gerard Longuet said on Tuesday.

There is no immediate need for disengagement in Libya as long as the situation "is not resolved militarily", Longuet told journalists in the northwestern French city of Rennes.

Deposed leader Moamer Kadhafi has fled Tripoli, and only three Libyan towns remain in loyalist hands. The latest rumour about Kadhafi's fate is that he entered Niger in a large military convoy late Monday.

Longuet said he had no information Kadhafi had left Libya: "Apparently he is still alive," he said. "I don't think he's trying to stay in his country."

"As he can't travel by plane (because of a UN-enforced no-fly zone), he can only travel by car," Longuet said.

© 2011 AFP

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