Sarkozy, Cameron heroes in Libya

French and British leaders meet cheering crowds in Libya, promise more help.

By REUTERS
September 16, 2011 08:13
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British flags wave in Sirte, Libya.

British flags 311. (photo credit: Reuters)

 
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French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron are hailed as heroes in Libya.

Cheering and waving flags, hundreds greet the leaders on Wednesday in the streets of Benghazi, where French and British air power helped save the uprising from Muammar Gaddafi's encroaching army.

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Three weeks after NATO-backed rebels seized the capital Tripoli, Sarkozy and Cameron promised to help hunt down Gaddafi and hand the former strongman's assets to the country's new rulers.

At a news conference in Tripoli with National Transitional Council leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil, Cameron said the fight continues.

"This work isn't finished yet. There are still parts of Libya under Gaddafi control, and the message, I think, to Gaddafi and all those still holding arms on his behalf is: it is over, give up," said Cameron.

An NTC spokesman says rebel fighters have reached the edge of Gaddafi's hometown Sirte. There they met heavy fire from Gaddafi loyalists - who still hold substantial parts of Libya.

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