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Attacks on Libya 'limited by UN'

All military attacks on Libya will be "fully consistent" with the United Nations mandate, David Cameron has said as he faced pressure to clarify whether Colonel Muammar Gaddafi could be a target.

The Prime Minister said he was not prepared to offer a "running commentary" on targets amid apparent differences of opinion between ministers and senior military commanders.

Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir David Richards flatly insisted that seeking to hit the Libyan dictator was not allowed under the terms of United Nations Security Council resolution 1973.

But after Defence Secretary Liam Fox suggested over the weekend that Gaddafi could be a "legitimate target", No 10 sources insisted it was legal to target anyone killing Libyan civilians.

Updating MPs on the latest developments, Mr Cameron said the action would be "limited by what the UN Security Resolution says".

The resolution authorises the international community to employ "all necessary measures" to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya and to protect civilians from attack.

Mr Cameron told the Commons: "Let me say this about the issue of targets: targets must be fully consistent with the UN Security Council resolution.

"We therefore choose our targets to stop attacks on civilians and to implement the no-fly zone.

"But we should not give a running commentary on targeting and I don't propose to say any more on the subject than that."

Mr Cameron said he believed that Libya "needs to get rid of Gaddafi" but the role of the international coalition was to enforce the Security Council resolution.


From Belfast Telegraph