Thursday, April 14, 2011

France, Britain urge more Libya strikes

British Prime Minister David Cameron (L) is welcomed by French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the Elysee Palace Paris, April 13, 2011

Source: Press TV

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron have agreed to boost “military pressure” on Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi.

Sarkozy and Cameron met in Paris on Wednesday, reiterating that “all means must be made available” to stop Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi from killing civilians, AFP reported.

The meeting comes as more divisions among NATO members have been exposed since the Western military alliance has failed to fulfill its mission of protecting people in Libya by conducting air attacks.

More NATO members have voiced opposition to military action in Libya following amid reports of a mounting loss of civilian lives in the attacks.

However, Britain and France are pressuring fellow NATO member states to provide more resources for the military campaign.

Belgium has ruled out any plan for boosting air attacks while Germany has said there is no military solution to end the crisis in Libya. Italy has also proposed creating a fund from Libya's frozen assets to help the revolutionary forces oust Gaddafi.

Earlier on Wednesday, a group of Western and Middle Eastern countries met in Qatar and insisted that urged that Gaddafi must quit power.

The participants at the conference, including France, Britain, Qatar, the US and the representatives of the UN, the EU and the African Union, also pledged financial support for the opposition forces in Libya.

Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani also called for arming Libyan revolutionary forces.

Heavy fighting between opposition forces and Gaddafi loyalists continued on Wednesday at the eastern city of Ajdabiyah as well as the western city of Misratah. Libyan television also reported NATO air attacks on Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte.

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