Cameron calls for 'broader coalition' on Libya

29th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

British Prime Minister David Cameron Monday told the leaders of the US, Germany and France that Tuesday's London talks on Libya should "broaden the coalition" of nations committed to enforcing UN resolutions.

"The prime minister held a video conference this evening with President (Barack) Obama, President (Nicolas) Sarkozy, and Chancellor (Angela) Merkel to discuss the Middle East," a spokesman for Cameron's Downing Street office said.

During the talks, Cameron said he hoped Tuesday's summit would "strengthen and broaden the coalition of countries committed to implementing the UN resolutions," the spokesman continued.

More than 35 countries will attend Tuesday's conference to map out a future for Libya without current leader Moamer Kadhafi, who was under intense pressure Monday as rebels, aided by Western air strikes, continued to gain ground.

The British leader said in Monday's call that the leaders would "discuss plans for the provision of urgent humanitarian assistance" and "would call for a political process which would allow the people of Libya to shape their own future.

"There was also a discussion of the reform process in Egypt and agreement on the importance of revitalising the Middle East peace process," the spokesman added.

Ahead of the meeting, Cameron and Sarkozy issued a joint call Monday for Kadhafi to quit and for Libya's rebel national council and civil society leaders to steer the country towards democracy.

© 2011 AFP

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