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Jun 22, 2011 12:38 PM by AP Posted by James H Egbert

UK: Alliance on Libya airstrikes is holding strong

LONDON (AP) - British Prime Minister David Cameron insists the NATO-led air campaign in Libya still has strong support, despite recent criticism.

Cameron told lawmakers in Parliament on Wednesday that the coalition involved in the mission is "holding strong" and increasing the pressure on Moammar Gadhafi to quit power.

Cameron's comments follow concern from the outgoing head of the Arab League, Amr Moussa, over civilian casualties and questions from some British military chiefs about the impact on stretched resources.

Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini has called for a pause in the campaign to allow access for humanitarian aid.

Cameron's office said any temporary cease-fire must not allow Gadhafi's forces to regroup and launch new offensives.

 

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