Cameron in action call on Gaddafi
Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy have written a joint letter to European allies, urging them to be ready for "all possible contingencies" in Libya, including the possible imposition of a no-fly zone to prevent air attacks by dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
The letter, on the eve of an emergency summit of European Union (EU) leaders in Brussels, condemned the Libyan authorities' use of airpower in attacks on their own people as "unacceptable".
Mr Cameron and Mr Sarkozy called on the EU to unite in calling for Gaddafi to go, arguing that his regime has "lost any legitimacy it may have once had".
"Since the Libyan people have started to rise against Muammar Gaddafi's brutal regime, the world is witnessing on a daily basis an unacceptable continuation of violence and repression in Libya," wrote the two men in a letter to European Council President Herman van Rumpoy, copied to the other 25 EU leaders.
"Ignoring UN Security Council resolution 1970 demands as well as calls from regional organisations and the whole international community, Gaddafi's regime continues to attack his own people, including with aircraft and helicopters. It is clear to us that the regime has lost any legitimacy it may have once had.
"This deliberate use of military force against civilians is utterly unacceptable. As warned by the Security Council, these acts may amount to crimes against humanity. All those involved in deciding, planning or executing such actions must know that they will be held accountable."
They called on EU partners, Nato allies and friends in the Arab world and Africa to unite in calling on Gaddafi to go and sending a clear signal that the Interim Transitional National Council in opposition stronghold Benghazi are "valid political interlocutors" in preparing for the aftermath of his departure.
In a televised interview, Gaddafi's son Saif said thousands of Libyans had volunteered to fight against the rebels, whom he described as terrorists and armed gangsters.
He added: "It's time for liberation. It's time for action. We are moving now. Time is out now. It's time for action. We gave them two weeks.
"Now it's too late for them. We are so united, we are so strong. And Libya will be free and peaceful soon."