US and Britain agree to "turn up the heat" on Libya
The US and Britain agree that the fight against the Libyan regime of Moamer Gaddafi must be intensified, but rule out "putting boots on the ground," US President Barack Obama said Wednesday.
Speaking at a joint news conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron in London, Obama said "enormous progress" had already been made in Libya, DPA reported.
"David and I both agree that we cannot have boots on the ground in Libya," said Obama. But there would "not be a let-up" in the efforts to protect the population from attacks by Gaddafi forces.
Wearing down Gaddafi would be a "slow" process, said Obama. It was therefore important to strengthen opposition forces in Libya.
Cameron also said that both men had agreed to "turn up the heat" on Libya. But he would not be drawn on whether Britain had already decided to deploy attack helicopters in the conflict.
Obama said Britain, the US and other partners were agreed on putting a "wide range of resources" into Libya.