British PM says hacking scandal poses 'big problems'

19th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday said the widening phone hacking scandal in his country posed "big problems" that would however be resolved and not distract from other issues.

"These are big problems, but we are a big country and we are going to sort them out," he told reporters after meeting with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan in Lagos.

Cameron added that the government would not lose its focus on the key challenges facing Britain, including restoring growth after the recession.

"I don't underestimate the problems," he said.

"Parts of the media committed dreadful, illegal acts. The police have serious questions to answer about potential corruption and about a failed investigation. Politicians have been too close to media owners."

Cameron was to fly home later in the afternoon after cutting his trip short to deal with the hacking scandal, which has overshadowed his visit to Africa aimed at promoting trade.

He visited South Africa on Monday before traveling to Nigeria.

Cameron has ordered a judge-led inquiry into the phone hacking scandal, and will announce further details in the House of Commons on Wednesday.

© 2011 AFP

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