Pressure on Kadhafi must 'ramp up': Cameron, NATO chief

16th June 2011, Comments 0 comments

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and British Prime Minister David Cameron agreed Wednesday on the need to "ramp up" pressure on Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi.

At a meeting in London, Rasmussen and Cameron also discussed the situation in Afghanistan and agreed that Afghan security forces were "increasingly capable" of taking over from Western forces.

The pair noted that "NATO had significantly degraded Kadhafi's military ability" and "committed to maintaining the operation until the Libyan people are free to determine their own future," a spokesman from Cameron's Downing Street office said.

"They agreed that NATO should continue to ramp up the pressure on Kadhafi," added the spokesman.

South Africa on Wednesday accused NATO of deliberately targeting Kadhafi and warned that its military campaign in Libya could paralyse other UN Security Council action.

Cameron and Rasmussen brushed off criticism.

"I think there is a very clear pattern emerging, which is time is on our side because we have the support of NATO, the UN, the Arab League, a huge number of countries in our coalition and in our contact group," Cameron said.

The British leader maintained that pressure was building on Kadhafi, saying the Libyan leader was "running out of time and running out of friends".

"I want us to keep up that pressure and I believe that we can help and allow the Libyan people to choose their own future," Cameron said as the pair met.

On Afghanistan, the two men "discussed NATO's plan for transition and agreed that Afghan security forces are increasingly capable of providing security in their country," according to the Downing Street statement.

© 2011 AFP

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