Worst outcome for Libya would be failed state: NATO chief

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NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen warned Wednesday of the danger that Libya might disintegrate as a state and become a haven for terrorists.

"The worst-case scenario would be to see a failed state that would fuel extremism and terrorism," he told a student conference in Rotterdam.

"The ideal outcome would be to see a peaceful outcome and a peaceful transition to a sustainable democracy.

"It is up to the Libyans to shape the future of their country," said Rasmussen, who has criticised any idea of arming the Libyan rebels since the role of NATO was "to protect the civilians against any attack."

"I really hope that we will see a cease-fire soon."

The 28-nation military organisation is fulfilling Washington's wishes, replacing the United States at the helm of all operations in Libya and is expected to be fully up and running by Thursday.

© 2011 AFP

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