Britain demands probe into Libya `atrocities`

Cameron said Gaddafi`s violent attempts to cling to power were unacceptable.

Updated: Feb 25, 2011, 00:14 AM IST

London: Britain called for an
international probe into "atrocities" taking place in Libya
today as Prime Minister David Cameron said leader Moamer
Gaddafi`s behaviour could not be allowed to stand.

Cameron said Gaddafi`s violent attempts to cling to
power were "utterly unacceptable" as Foreign Secretary William
Hague said the world would be looking for ways to hold to
account those responsible.

"The behaviour of this dictator cannot be allowed to
stand," Cameron told BBC television in the Omani capital
Muscat, where he is wrapping up a tour of Gulf states.

"What is happening in Libya, the violence meted out to
his own people, is a completely unacceptable way to behave and
consequences should follow from that behaviour."

He stressed that he had never supported Kadhafi or his
regime and said he did not oppose further sanctions.

"I think Britain, with her allies, should be looking
at all of the options for the future," he said.

"The international community needs to speak strongly
and with one voice and so far the signs are good."
Asked whether he thought Gaddafi was sane, he said he
did not need to be a doctor to see that the Libyan leader`s
actions were not acceptable.

In a Downing Street transcript of interview with the
videosharing website YouTube, he said Gaddafi`s "vicious,
brutal repression, including using aeroplanes, including
troops on the streets, including live ammunition, is
completely unacceptable and it must stop.

"What on earth do you think you are doing? Stop it.
Give your people the chance of freedom, democracy and a better
future, which is what everyone in our world wants and
deserves."

Hague told BBC radio the world had been shocked at the
behaviour of Kadhafi`s regime.

"We`ve got the remnant of a government that is
prepared to use force and violence against its own people," he
said.

"It will be important for all of us internationally
over the coming days to increase the pressure on a regime
which by all accounts is now committing serious offences.

PTI

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