Although he’s probably gotten the hint right now, three heads of state—from the U.S., Britain and France—have signed a joint letter expressing their shared wish that tenacious Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi relinquish his power, stat. Barack Obama, David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy, respectively, also called on NATO to keep the heat on by continuing to battle forces loyal to Gadhafi in his country. —KA
To allow him to remain in power “would be an unconscionable betrayal” of Libya’s people, they argue, and would make Libya both “a pariah state [and] a failed state”.
“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,” the letter continues.
“Then a genuine transition from dictatorship to an inclusive constitutional process can really begin, led by a new generation of leaders.”
The letter holds out the prospect of reconstruction for Libya with the help of the “UN and its members”.