NATO's top official has stressed that the military alliance's sole aim in Libya is to guarantee the safety of the country's civilian population, and he has no information where ousted leader Moammar Gadhafi is hiding.
"I have no information whatsoever on his whereabouts," Anders Fogh Rasmussen told reporters. "He is not a target of NATO's operation."
"We are in Libya to protect the civilian population against attacks and we will continue that operation until there's no threat."
A spokesman for Tripoli's new military council described Gadhafi as being surrounded on Wednesday and said it was only a matter of time before he is captured or killed.
Rasmussen was in the Czech Republic capital, Prague, to discuss the country's role in international missions.