Kadhafi death means Nato Libya operation can end, says France
Nato's task in Libya is over after Moamer Kadhafi's death, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppé said Friday. Big power leaders, including President Nicolas Sarkozy, claimed the news was a step forward towards democracy in the country.
"I think we can say that the military operation is finished, that the whole of Libyan territory is under the control of the National Transitional Council (NTC) and that, subject to a few transitory measures in the week to come, the Nato operation has arrived at its end," Juppé told Europe 1 radio from India.
The operation's aim was to support the anti-Kadhafi NTC "in the liberation of their territory" and not to kill the former leader, he said, adding that the hope was that the new rulers would "capture and judge him".
A French aircraft helped Kadhafi's capture, which ended in his death "in crossfire" according to the NTC, by firing a warning shot at a convoy of vehicles to stop him escaping from his last hold-out in Sirte.
President Nicolas Sarkozy on Thursday hailed Kadhafi's death as "a major step forward" for Libya and urged the country's new regime to pursue democratic reforms.
Nato's Supreme Allied Commander, Admiral James Stavridis, is due to issue a recommendation, "probably (Friday), for the end of the operation" in Libya, a Nato official said earlier.
Other reactions to Kadhafi's death included: