British PM urges US and Italy to keep pressure on Kadhafi

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British leader David Cameron Wednesday stressed to his US and Italian counterparts the importance of "continued military and diplomatic pressure" on Libya leader Moamer Kadhafi, his office said.

The British prime minister made separate telephone calls to US President Barack Obama, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim of Qatar, according to a Downing Street statement.

During the calls, Cameron "emphasised the urgent importance of placing continued military and diplomatic pressure on the Kadhafi regime in order to protect the many thousands of civilians who remain under attack there," the statement said.

The prime Minister later briefed the leaders on Britain's involvement with the Libyan Transitional National Council, the Kadhafi opposition body.

"With each of the leaders there was strong agreement on the need to enforce (UN Security Council Resolution) 1973 and to continue to identify ways to make the NATO mission to protect civilians as effective as possible," the statement concluded.

France and Italy joined Britain on Wednesday in sending military advisers to insurgent-held eastern Libya, as Tripoli warned that foreign boots on the ground would prolong the conflict.

© 2011 AFP

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