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Libya: Safety of British nationals "top priority"

Prime Minister David Cameron has said he is "extremely sorry" for the delays to the Government's efforts to rescue British nationals stranded in Libya.

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Mr Cameron said the Foreign Office was “working round the clock” to assist British nationals in Libya.

The Foreign Office has chartered flights to bring British national back to the UK and a consular team from the Embassy is on the ground at Tripoli airport and is in place to assist British Nationals.

Speaking in Qatar yesterday, the PM said there was no higher priority right now for the Foreign Office than dealing with this issue and said the Government would do everything it could to help.  

Mr Cameron also said he would support the United Nations Security Council passing a resolution condemning the Libyan regime’s actions, saying it would send a “clear warning”.

The Libyan regime is using appalling levels of force and violence against its own people, including using aeroplanes that are shooting at people.  It is totally unacceptable, and I think countries like Britain and the rest of the world should be clear about that. 

…Would I like us to go further and have a full United Nations Security Council resolution?  Yes, I would.  I think that would be good.  Do I think that we should send a very clear warning to Colonel Qadhafi and to the Libyan armed forces that what they are doing is wrong and against the law?  Yes, I think that we should, but it would be better if the world could move ahead as one, and this could be done through the UN Security Council.

Foreign Secretary William Hague has promised to send “as many planes as necessary” to evacuate British nationals from Libya and said the Government has not ruled out deploying military flights.

Read more: Foreign Secretary on Libya

Published 24 February 2011