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VOA常速英语新闻:NATO延长利比亚军事行动 称欲保护利比亚人民

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北大西洋公约组织(NATO)的国防部长称其准备将针对利比亚领导人卡扎菲的军事行动延长90天至六月末。该国防部长在NATO会议上发表声明,称NATO及其盟友决心继续其军事行动,以“尽可能”保护利比亚人民。
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Defense ministers from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) say they are extending the campaign against Libya's Moammar Gadhafi for another 90 days from the end of June. In a statement issued from their meeting in Brussels, the ministers said the coalition and its partners are determined to continue their operation to protect the Libyan people for "as long as possible." They also condemned what they called "continued attacks" by Gadhafi's government against its own population. NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen addressed the conference Wednesday. 

Gadhafi is history. It is no longer a question of if he goes, but when he goes. It may take weeks, but it could happen tomorrow. And when he goes, the international community has to be ready. 

In their statement, the NATO defense ministers pledged to play a role, "if requested and if necessary," in Libya's post-conflict efforts. This is a process that Rasmussen says will come from the Libyans. 

We all know that transforming Libya into a modern democratic state will be a long and complex process. Let me stress it is the people of Libya who will shape the country's future. 

On Thursday, the 22-nation Libyan Contact Group is scheduled to hold talks in the United Arab Emirates on how to assist the rebels fighting Colonel Gadhafi. The group agreed last month to set up a fund to provide the rebels with food, medicine and military supplies. Meanwhile, NATO defense ministers pledged at their conference to deploy additional fixed and rotary wing aircraft to help intensify their efforts in Libya. The Brussels meeting is the last for U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who steps down at the end of this month.

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