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Gaddafi's regime falling apart and in full retreat: Cameron

(Xinhua)

08:37, August 23, 2011


Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron gives a news conference on Libya to members of the media outside number 10 Downing Street in London August 22, 2011. Britain urged Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to stop fighting without conditions after troops loyal to him staged a last-ditch resistance in the capital Tripoli on Monday. (Xinhua/Reuters)

LONDON, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday said Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's regime is currently in full retreat and he should stop fighting without delay.

Cameron, who cut short of his holiday plan and returned to London for the second time earlier, said the vast majority of Tripoli was now controlled by Libyan the rebels, although fightings continued, in a statement outside the Downing Street No. 10 after a meeting of the government's National Security Council.

"We have no confirmation of Gaddafi's whereabouts, but at least two of Gaddafi's sons have been detained," he said.

His remarks came amid a massive rebel offensive which saw rebel forces push into the heart of Tripoli Monday morning, breaking a months-long stalemate with forces loyal to Gaddafi.

The prime minister called on Gaddafi to stop fighting without conditions, and to give up all claims to control Libya, adding that the future of the embattled Libyan leader "should be a decision for (National Transitional Council) Chairman Jalil and the new Libyan authorities."

However, Cameron said the situation in Tripoli was clearly very fluid and there should be no complacency.

"Our task now is to do all we can to support the will of the Libyan people, which is for an effective transition to a free, democratic and inclusive Libya," he said.

Cameron said the immediate priority currently was to establish security in Tripoli. "We are working closely with the National Transitional Council (NTC) to support their plans to make sure that happens," he said.

"I spoke to Chairman Jalil last week, and will be speaking to him again, to agree with him the importance of respecting human rights, avoiding reprisals, and making sure all parts of Libya can share in the country's future," the prime minister said.

Commenting on the role of the NATO, which took over command of military operations against Libyan from the U.S. in late March, Cameron said the wider NATO mission was to protect civilians, and that the mission would continue for as long as it was needed.

Meanwhile, Cameron said the British government was considering to open a diplomatic office in Tripoli, and offered to help the Libyan rebel authorities retain diplomatic and financial support in the international community.

"Diplomatically, we have a strong mission already in Benghazi consisting of Foreign Office, military and aid specialists, and we will establish a British diplomatic presence in Tripoli as soon as it is safe and practical to do so. This will include stabilization experts who have been planning for this moment with the NTC for months," he said.

"We will also be taking early action in the UN Security Council to give the new Libyan authorities the legal, diplomatic, political and financial support they need. We will soon be able to release the frozen assets that belong to the Libyan people," Cameron said.

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