US, European allies hold Libya talks
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 12:12
Washington: US President Barack Obama held a video conference with British Premier David Cameroon, French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss and review the ongoing Libyan military operations.

"They had a broad strategic discussion of recent events in the Middle East and focused particular attention on Libya and Egypt," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said yesterday, adding that this was a part of Obama's regular consultations with European allies.

The US and European leaders agreed that Gaddafi had lost any legitimacy to rule and should leave power, and that the Libyan people should have the political space to determine their own future, he said.

"They also discussed the transition to NATO command and control to enforce UNSCR 1973. President Obama reiterated that the United States will provide supporting capabilities to the Coalition effort," Carney said.

Welcoming the international conference that will be held today in London, the leaders reviewed the significant progress achieved by coalition forces during the first phase of operations to enforce UN Security Council Resolutions 1970 and 1973 for protecting civilians in Libya and preventing a humanitarian crisis.

The leaders also discussed the latest political developments in Egypt following the March 19 constitutional referendum and additional ways, the international community could help support the democratic transition there, the White House official said.


First Published: Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 12:12

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