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‘Time running out’ for defiant Gaddafi: UK

Posted by on June 24, 2011 0 Comment

Tripoli: Time is running out for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday said after the strongman said he had his “back to the wall” but vowed to battle “to the beyond.”

NATO, meanwhile, insisted there would be no let-up in its air war despite Italian calls for “an immediate humanitarian suspension of hostilities” in Libya in order “to create effective humanitarian corridors.”

“Time is on our side, time is not on the side of Colonel Gaddafi who’s losing his leading military commanders,” Cameron told reporters in Prague.

“The sands of time are running out for him, and so we need to be patient and persistent,” he added.

International Criminal Court judges will on Monday decide whether to issue an arrest warrant for Gaddafi for crimes against humanity, the court said on its website.

The ICC prosecution has requested three arrest warrants for Gaddafi, his son Seif al-Islam and the head of Libyan intelligence, Abdullah al-Senussi, the court said.

Cameron insisted this week that Britain can maintain the current level of operations in Libya — a campaign the defence ministry on London said will cost around 260 million pounds — despite concerns raised by senior military figures.

Britain deployed Apache attack helicopters over Libya this month in an attempt to use their formidable firepower to break the stalemate in the fight between rebels and Gaddafi’s forces.

“We will resist and the battle will continue to the beyond, until you’re wiped out. But we will not be finished,” Gaddafi said in an audio message broadcast on Libyan television yesterday. Zeenews

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