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article imageCameron, Obama and Sarkozy write letter backing action in Libya

By Jane Fazackarley     Apr 16, 2011 in World
As the battle for Libya rages on, three world leaders have reaffirmed their support for the NATO mission and have stated they don't see a future for Libya with Qaddafi in power.
British Prime Minister David Cameron, US President Barack Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy wrote the joint letter which has been published in the UK, US and French press.
An extract from the letter reads:
"Together with our NATO allies and coalition partners, the United States, France and Britain have been united at the UN Security Council, as well as the following Paris Conference, in building a broad-based coalition to respond to the crisis in Libya. We are equally united on what needs to happen in order to end it."
"Even as we continue military operations today to protect civilians in Libya, we are determined to look to the future. We are convinced that better times lie ahead for the people of Libya, and a pathway can be forged to achieve just that."
The letter goes on to detail the suffering being inflicted on the people of Libya and it finishes by saying:
"Britain, France and the United States will not rest until the United Nations Security Council resolutions have been implemented and the Libyan people can choose their own future."
Following the publication of the letter three Conservative MPs, David Davis, John Baron and Peter Bone and two Labour MPs, David Winnick and Jeremy Corbyn, asked for parliament to be recalled so that the situation in Libya could be debated further. John Baron and Jeremy Corbyn both opposed the vote for military intervention in Libya. In a press release on his website Jeremy Corbyn said:
"What we are seeing unfold in Libya is an east / west divide, inspired by western greed and the retinue of arms dealers, oil experts and banks that follow behind. As in Iraq, almost no honest consideration of the consequences of intervention was given."
"Britain and NATO are making a habit of wars with questionable legality or justification. The West seems to have no interest in a political solution and is prepared for a military campaign which now clearly focuses on regime change!"
Meanwhile, the misery for the people in the city of Misrata continues. A press release from Human Rights Watch says that cluster bombs have been fired into residential areas and a doctor interviewed on Five Live yesterday said that Misrata was coming under attack from tanks and weapons and described the situation as "really critical". He also stated that there were "countless numbers of casualties" yesterday including eight people killed that morning and called on NATO to bring in a small amount of ground troops.
What started out as a humanitarian mission now appears to be changing with the talk of regime change which could require another UN resolution if Qaddafi is to go.
The full letter can be read here.
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