NATO Chief on post-Gaddafi Libya: “We want the United Nations to take the lead”

A Libyan rebel fighter in the besieged city of Misrata, Libya, April 23, 2011.

From AFP:  NATO would like to see the United Nations assume the leading role in Libya’s transition to democracy once Moamer Kadhafi leaves power, alliance chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Tuesday. . . .

Rasmussen said one day after meeting Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that "to accommodate the legitimate aspirations of the Libyan people, it is necessary that Kadhafi leaves power.

"After that, it is necessary to ensure a transition to democracy. I would like to stress that we do not foresee a leading NATO role in a post-Kadhafi period," he told reporters in Russia’s second city.

"We want the United Nations to take the lead in this effort, to assist the Libyan people in their transition to democracy," Rasmussen said.  (photo: AP)

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