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PM pledges to "leave no stone unturned" enforcing UN resolution

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Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to leave "no stone unturned" to halt the killing of civilians in Libya.

The Prime Minister, who travelled to Paris for talks with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, described the situation in the city of Misrata as “appalling”.

Mr Cameron said:

Britain and France are at the heart of this coalition and with President Sarkozy I am going to be sitting down to make sure that we leave no stone unturned in doing everything we can militarily, diplomatically, politically to enforce the UN resolution, to put real pressure on Gaddafi, and to stop the appalling murder of civilians.

The PM said the coalition had helped ensure Misrata had not fallen to Qadhafi’s forces and said NATO action has helped prevent a huge loss of life and humanitarian catastrophe.

There are now 34 nations providing support to police the no-fly zone, ranging from humanitarian to military assistance.

It has also been announced that Britain will be sending the rebels 1,000 sets of body armour in “non-lethal” aid from surplus UK defence stocks, in addition to the 100 satellite telephones already supplied.

Earlier today, Foreign Secretary William Hague co-chaired a meeting of the international contact group on Libya in the Gulf state of Qatar. The meeting backed calls for Qadhafi to step down and called for an inclusive political process so that the Libyan people can determine their own future.

Transcript: PM’s interview on the situation in Libya

Read more: Libya Contact Group: Chair’s statement (FCO website)