Cameron, Sarkozy Visit Libya

British, French leaders pledge support in first visit to rebels
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 15, 2011 4:56 AM CDT
Updated Sep 15, 2011 7:50 AM CDT
Cameron, Sarkozy Visit Libya
Libyan fighters wait for the arrival of Libyan Transitional National Council chairman Mustafa Abdel Jalil at Metiga airport in Tripol.   (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

(Newser) – British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrived in Tripoli today, and gave Libya's new rulers strong support, vowing to release billions of dollars more in frozen assets and to push ahead with NATO strikes against Moammar Gadhafi's last strongholds. Cameron told the fugitive Libyan leader and his backers, "It is over. Give up." They are the first heads of government to visit since Gadhafi fled Tripoli.

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At a press conference attended by top TNC members, Cameron announced Britain would introduce a draft resolution to the UN Security Council tomorrow authorizing the release of all Libyan assets. He also pledged the NATO mission would continue as Gadhafi loyalists are still battling revolutionary forces on three fronts in central and southern Libya. "There are still parts of Libya under Gadhafi's control, Gadhafi is still at large, and we must make sure this work is completed," he said. Cameron and Sarkozy plan to fly to Benghazi later today. (Meanwhile, one of Gadhafi's sons is apparently living it up...)

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