March 11, 2011
European leaders must show “political will” and unity in saying Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi must go, David Cameron has said in Brussels. Arriving for an emergency EU summit, Mr Cameron said he expected it to step up measures to isolate the Gaddafi regime. London and Paris are trying to build support for a UN resolution to authorise a no-fly zone in Libya. Meanwhile forces loyal to Col Gaddafi are reported to have made gains against rebels in Zawiya and Ras Lanuf. A special meeting of the European Council has been called in Brussels to discuss the crisis as pro-Gaddafi forces wrest back control of territory previously held by the opposition following a major military offensive. The UK has accused the Gaddafi regime of “waging war against their own people”, using aircraft and helicopters to mount attacks. Arriving at the summit on Friday, UK Prime Minister David Cameron said: “I think it’s important that the countries of Europe show political will, show ambition, show unity in being clear that Colonel Gaddafi must go and that his regime is illegitimate that what it is doing to his people is completely unacceptable. “We are going to step up today, in the European Council, measures to isolate that regime and measures to put pressure on that regime and we should plan for every eventuality as I’ve been arguing now for around two weeks, this is absolutely vital work.