Thursday, April 14, 2011

Allies to step up military pressure on Libya

France and Britain have agreed to step up military pressure on Muammar Gaddafi's regime after world powers meeting in Doha promised Libyan rebels cash and the means to defend themselves.

Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, and David Cameron, the British prime minister, agreed on a heightened military pressure against Gaddafi during a working dinner in Paris on Wednesday, according to a source in the French presidency.

Their meeting came just ahead of a NATO foreign ministers gathering in Berlin on Thursday.

"All means must be made available" in the fight against Gaddafi , the source said, amid efforts by London and Paris to exert more pressure on their NATO allies to help defeat the Libyan regime.

Cameron said he will "leave no stone unturned, militarily, diplomatically, politically, to enforce the UN resolution, to put real pressure on Gaddafi and to stop the appalling murder of civilians that he is still carrying out as you've shown on our television screens in Misurata and elsewhere in Libya".

The diplomatic moves come amid rising friction within the alliance over a NATO air campaign in Libya that has so far failed to change the balance of power on the ground.


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