As the Libyan government continues its deadly crackdown on protesters, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the organization will not intervene in the conflict.
Any intervention must be based on a United Nations mandate, Rasmussen said, according to the Washington Post.
Clashes in Libya have been escalating all week as Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi and his supporters have retaliated against the masses of protesters demanding the end of his four-decade rule.
Earlier this week, Rasmussen made an unusually strong statement about the violence in Libya, urging the country to "stop repression against unarmed civilians” and saying he was shocked at the use of "indiscriminate violence.”
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