Pressure on Kadhafi 'will only continue': Obama

7th June 2011, Comments 0 comments

US President Barack Obama said Tuesday after meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel that pressure on Moamer Kadhafi "will only continue to increase" until the Libyan leader steps down.

"The chancellor and I have been clear. Kadhafi must step down and hand power to the Libyan people, and the pressure will only continue to increase until he does," Obama, standing alongside Merkel, told reporters at the White House.

The close allies have been divided over international efforts to force Kadhafi from power, with Germany abstaining from the UN Security Council vote that authorized NATO air strikes against his embattled regime.

Germany, which has a non-permanent seat on the council, was the only European Union or NATO member to withhold its support.

© 2011 AFP

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