British PM says time for action in Libya

12:29, March 20, 2011      

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The time has come for action in Libya, British Prime Minister David Cameron said Saturday after attending a summit of world leaders in Paris that focus on ways to implement the UN resolution that imposes no-fly zone in Libya, BBC reported.

France's President Nicolas Sarkozy (L) welcomes British Prime Minister David Cameron as he arrives for Paris summit on Libya crisis at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, March 19, 2011. (Xinhua/Gao Jing)

Cameron described the meeting as successful and stressed that Arabian countries played a role.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and other world leaders attended the summit.

"What is absolutely clear today is that Colonel Gaddafi has broken his word, has broken the ceasefire and continues to slaughter his own civilians. This has to stop. We have to make it stop. We have to make him face the consequences. So I think it is vitally important that action takes place, that action takes place urgently," Cameron said.

"Of course there are dangers, there are difficulties. There will always be unforeseen consequences from taking action. But it is better to take this action than to risk the consequences of inaction, which is a further slaughter of civilians and this dictator completely flouting the United Nations and its will," he added.

Meanwhile, French war planes Saturday fired the first shots in Libya. Some tanks and armored vehicles of the government forces were destroyed, the French Defense Ministry said.

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