UK: Murderous attacks go on in Libya; better days ahead

Over 40 leaders meet in London to discuss Libya; Clinton says military strikes will continue until Gaddafi complies with UN resolutions.

March 29, 2011 15:46
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US Secretary of State Clinton with UK PM Cameron

US Secretary of State Clinton with UK PM Cameron 311 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett)


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LONDON - More than 40 governments and international bodies gathered in London on Tuesday to plan for a Libya without Muammar Gaddafi, following the ongoing military operations authorized by United Nations Security Council resolutions calling on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to halt attacks on rebel-held areas and civilian areas.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the international conference that "the UN is ready to aid the Libyan people in their transition to democracy."

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Ban added that "a humanitarian crisis was prevented."

British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi were carrying out "murderous attacks" on the city of Misrata.

Cameron said Gaddafi remained in breach of a United Nations resolution allowing the use of force to protect civilians.

"As I speak, people in Misrata continue to suffer murderous attacks from the regime," Cameron said. He his message to the people of Libya was "there are better days ahead."

The British prime minister reaffirmed the UK's commitment to UN Security Council resolutions and the broad alliance that has been put into place. He stressed that it was necessary to assure the quick delivery of humanitarian supplies.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said coalition military strikes on Libya will continue until Muammar Gaddafi fully complies with UN demands to cease violence against civilians and pull forces out of occupied cities.

Clinton added that the international community would work to boost pressure on and isolate Gaddafi's government to "make clear to Gaddafi that he must go."

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