Allied Leaders in London Vow to Remove Gaddafi

World | March 29, 2011, Tuesday // 20:18|  views

US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton departs Lancaster House following the London Conference on Libya in London, Britain, 29 March 2011. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Leaders of the four dozen countries and international organizations, who met in London on Tuesday, made it clear that the NATO-led military operation in Libya would end only with the removal of Col. Muammar Gaddafi.

"When the fighting is over, we will need to put right the damage that Gaddafi has inflicted," the British prime minister, David Cameron, said as he convened the conference. He added, "It's never too early to start planning coordinated action to support peace in Libya over the longer term."

"All of us must continue the pressure on and deepen the isolation of the Gaddafi regime," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, addressing the leaders seated around a long table at the Lancaster House in central London. "This includes a unified front of political and diplomatic pressure that makes clear to Gaddafi he must go."

Cameron, citing reports he said he had received of attacks in Misurata on Tuesday morning "from the land and the sea," vilified the Libyan leader in starkly personal language, underscoring the widespread scorn and isolation he faces.

"Gaddafi is using snipers to shoot people down and let them bleed to death in the street," he said. "He's cut off food, water and electricity to starve people into submission. And he is harassing humanitarian ships trying to get into the port to do what they can to relieve their suffering."

Cameron, Clinton and others, defended the international military intervention.

"It has saved lives, and it is saving lives," he said.

Foreign ministers from almost 40 countries, including Bulgaria, met in London on Tuesday to set out options for Libya's long-term political future.

Delegations from coalition member states, the United Nations, the African Union and Arab League attended the meeting. Rebel officials from the Libyan opposition were in London for talks on the meeting's sidelines, although they were not invited to the conference itself.

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