Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Nigerian oppposition claims historic election win

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Facebook tracks you, even if you not a user

Read more

DEBATE

Iran deal: Deadline day for nuclear talks (part two)

Read more

DEBATE

Iran deal: Deadline day for nuclear talks (part one)

Read more

DOWN TO EARTH

Agriculture: When farms turn into factories

Read more

FOCUS

Strait of Hormuz: a smuggler's paradise

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Investigations against pro-Ouattara camp to begin mid-2015, says ICC chief prosecutor

Read more

ENCORE!

Asaf Avidan's Gold Shadow

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

UN Special Envoy to the Middle East: 'I leave the Gaza Strip in an even worse situation than before'

Read more

Africa

Sarkozy and Cameron meet to reaffirm Libya stance

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-04-13

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron met in Paris on Wednesday to discuss ways of bolstering a NATO-led campaign that has so far failed to rout forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

REUTERS - French President Nicolas Sarkozy met British Prime Minister David Cameron in Paris on Wednesday to discuss Libya as the two countries try to persuade NATO partners to step up attacks on Muammar Gaddafi's forces.

The bilateral meeting, extended over a working dinner and including the French and British defence ministers Gerard Longuet and Liam Fox, was aimed at cementing the Franco-British position amid signs of cracks in the wider coalition, a French diplomatic source said.
 
The talks took place the same day that foreign ministers from the Western alliance led by France and Britain met in Qatar to try to break a deadlock in Libya's civil war.
 
Paris and London are increasingly frustrated that three weeks of air strikes have not tipped the balance of the war in favour of rebels trying to end Gaddafi's 41-year rule. They have also failed to end his shelling of the besieged city of Misrata.
 
"This is about summing up the situation and making sure France and Britain are on the same page," the French source said of Wednesday's talks, adding that no major decisions would be taken.
 
"Given the various proposals for a resolution, the idea is also to get them behind a single one to avoid Gaddafi taking advantage of nuances between the different ideas."
 
Downing Street said the French and British leaders discussed ways in which military pressure could be increased and would seek more action from NATO against Gaddafi's heavy weapons.
 
Britain is to supply 1,000 sets of body armour from surplus British defence supplies to Libyan rebels, on top of the 100 satellite phones already sent, it said.
 
French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe this week criticised NATO for not doing enough to stop the bombing of Misrata and Longuet said he regretted the lack of actual military strikes by partners such as the United States.
 
"NATO is not able at this time to oblige partners to participate in this action. Like you, I deplore for example the fact that France and Britain are bearing the brunt of this effort, even if the United States is still providing essential aerial back-up," Longuet said during parliamentary questions on Tuesday.

 

Date created : 2011-04-13

  • LIBYA

    Gaddafi must go, says Libya 'contact group'

    Read more

  • FRANCE 24 EXCLUSIVE - LIBYA

    Rebel-held Misrata under siege from Gaddafi forces

    Read more

  • LIBYA

    France and Britain criticise NATO over Libya

    Read more

COMMENT(S)