Britain’s Foreign Minister William Hague says Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi must relinquish power, but may not have to leave Libya in an effort to reach a political settlement.
British military aircraft have increased the bombing against Qaddafi’s security and intelligence systems as Ramadan approaches. Hague, speaking at a press conference in London, said it was up to the Libyan people to determine their country’s future. Whatever is decided though, Qaddafi would have to leave power.
Libyan rebel leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil has agreed that Qaddafi and his family can stay in Libya if he gives up power.
Hague and French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe are in disagreement over whether Qaddafi should face the International Criminal Court.
At the same time, the UK’s RAF dropped “precision weapons” on the Central Organisation for Electronic Research, described as a cover for the regime’s nefarious activities. RAF aircraft have also breached the walls of the Bab al-Azizia command complex in Tripoli. This is Qaddafi’s residence and also the main headquarters of his regime.