NATO denies stalemate in Libya, calls for patience

09:13, May 04, 2011      

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A senior NATO military commander on Tuesday denied there was a stalemate in Libya and urged more patience for the alliance's mission.

"A mission of this type is a deliberate mission and therefore takes time... Everyday something positive happens. With our airstirkes, with our arms embargo, with our protection of the Libyan people, we take step closer to the final objective we have to reach," Italian Vice Admiral Rinaldo Veri said via video conference from Naples, Italy.

"I personally don't think there is a real stalemate. Let's say that we are going slowly but steady... We are still moving forward, " he said.

The commander, who is responsible for the naval element of the operation, also said that following neutralizing Gaddafi's front forces, NATO is now targeting ammunition depots, logistic lines, command and control centers and lines of communication.

It has been more than a month since NATO assumed full command of the military campaign in Libya from the United States.

However, there is still no end in sight as Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has shown no sign of giving in.

Source: Xinhua
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