Obama, Sarkozy, Cameron jointly ask Gaddafi to quit

The trio feared that Libya, left to its own fate, risked becoming a failed state.

Last Updated: Apr 15, 2011, 19:22 PM IST

London: US President Barack Obama, his
French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister
David Cameron have joined hands in asserting they would
continue military action in Libya until its leader Muammar
Gaddafi quits.

The world will be guilty of an "unconscionable betrayal"
if the Libyan leader is left in place, putting the fate of
citizens, who have held out against the leader, "in the hands
of a merciless militia intent on revenge," the trio wrote in a
joint article published in Times.

"Colonel Gaddafi must go and go for good" before the
rebuilding of Libya can begin, they said, rejecting demands
for an immediate ceasefire and a negotiated exit for the
Libyan leader.

The three leaders wrote: "It is unthinkable that
someone who has tried to massacre his own people can play a
part in their future government.

"The brave citizens of those towns that have held out
against forces that have been mercilessly targeting them would
face a fearful vengeance if the world accepted such an
arrangement... It would be an unconscionable betrayal."

The leaders said they are committed to the military
action in an attempt to "stiffen the resolve of rebel factions
and make clear that the opponents of Colonel Gaddafi will not
be abandoned by the alliance."

"So long as Gaddafi is in power, NATO and its
coalition partners must maintain their operations so that
civilians remain protected and the pressure on the regime
builds... Britain, France and the United States will not rest
until the UN Security Council resolutions have been
implemented and the Libiyan people can choose their own
future."

The trio feared that Libya, left to its own fate,
risked becoming a failed state.

PTI