NATO To Discuss Possible End to Libya Mission

Posted October 26th, 2011 at 1:45 am (UTC-5)
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NATO ambassadors are meeting in Brussels on Wednesday to make a formal decision on ending the alliance's air campaign over Libya.

Last week, NATO made a preliminary decision to end its mission on October 31st. However, Libya's interim oil and finance minister says the country's National Transitional Council wants NATO to maintain its mission for at least another month.

The meeting comes a day after former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was buried in a secret desert location. He was shot and killed last Thursday as provisional government forces stormed his hometown of Sirte.

The NTC has been under intense international pressure to investigate the circumstances of Gadhafi's death. Cellphone video has shown provisional government fighters taunting and abusing a wounded Gadhafi shortly before he died.

Libyan officials said the former leader was shot in a crossfire between his loyalists and provisional government forces. Fighters on the scene have acknowledged beating the ousted leader after his capture.

U.S. President Barack Obama commented on Gadhafi's death, Tuesday, during an appearance on a popular U.S. television talk show. Mr. Obama said people generally would not ever want to see anyone “come to the kind of end” that Gadhafi faced. But, he added that Gadhafi's death sent a “strong message” to dictators around the world that “people long to be free.”

Requests for a United Nations probe into the circumstances of Gadhafi's death could be among the items discussed on Wednesday when the U.N. Security Council holds its monthly meeting on the situation in Libya.