North Atlantic Council Statement on Libya, Oct. 21, 2011

NAPLES–(ENEWSPF)–21 October 2011.  The North Atlantic Council met today with Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR partners to assess the situation in Libya.

The Council agreed that the operations are very close to completion and has taken a preliminary decision to end the operation on 31 October 2011.  The Council will take a formal decision early next week.  In the meantime, the Secretary General will consult closely with the United Nations and the National Transitional Council.

The Council agreed that NATO will wind down the operation, during which period NATO will monitor the situation and retain the capacity to respond to threats to civilians, if needed.

Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR partners have associated themselves with this statement.