‘France, Britain to continue military operation in Libya’

September 16th, 2011 - 12:00 am ICT by IANS  

David Cameron Paris, Sep 15 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Britain and France Thursday agreed to continue NATO’s military operation in Libya following a request by the country’s National Transition Council, its chairman and head of international affairs Mahmoud Jibril said.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron arrived in Libya Thursday on their first visit since Libyan rebels ousted strongman Muammar Gaddafi.

Cameron and Sarkozy were instrumental in engineering the NATO bombing campaign that aided fighters in toppling Gaddafi and his forces.

“We asked the Alliance [NATO] to continue its mission to protect [Libya's civilian population] under UN resolutions 1970 and 1973. The two States have accepted this request,” Jibril said.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague is accompanying the two leaders, along with Bernard-Henri Levy, the French intellectual seen by many as a driving force behind the French decision to take military action against Gaddafi, the Guardian said.

Britain pledged support to Libya in apprehending Gaddafi.

“There are still parts of Libya under Gaddafi’s control, Gaddafi is still at large, and we must make sure this work is completed,” Cameron said.

Sarkozy called on the countries where Gaddafi associates who “committed crimes” have sought refuge to cooperate with international bodies in bringing them to justice.

Earlier, Cameron on his arrival said he was delighted to be in Tripoli. He said he “hoped to work for a better and free and democratic Libya”, BBC reported.

Cameron and Sarkozy flew by helicopter to visit a hospital, where they were greeted by cheering staff and patients.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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