NATO's Mission In Libya Coming To An End
The vote will end the NATO no-fly zone air campaign that began in March and resolution authorizing the use of “all necessary measures” to protect civilians, according to The Daily Beast.
The Security Council did, however, express remaining concerns about the proliferation of weapons in Libya.
The resolution ending the March mandate came after Libya’s interim leaders declared Libya liberated Sunday after the capture and death of Moammar Gaddafi.
“For the United States and, I think, for the United Nations Security Council, this closes what I think history will judge to be a proud chapter in the Security Council's history," Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. told CNN.
The resolution was ended despite requests from Libya’s interim government to wait until the National Transitional Council decided if it wanted NATO’s help in securing Libya’s borders, Reuters reported.
Gaddafi’s family made an announcement of their own Thursday, saying they plan to file war crime complains against NATO with the International Criminal Court, a lawyer representing the family told CNN. The family is claiming that NATO actions led to Gaddafi’s death.
The ICC previously issued a warrant for Gaddafi’s arrest for crimes against humanity. The ICC still has issues out for the arrest of Gaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi and his brother-in-law and intelligence chief, Adbullah al-Sanussi.
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