WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron Wednesday discussed the need to increase diplomatic and economic pressure on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, the White House said.
The two leaders agreed that U.N. Security Council resolutions demanding that the Libyan government cease violence against civilians must be fully implemented.
“In addition to increasing military pressure and protecting civilians through the coalition operation that NATO is leading, the leaders discussed the importance of increasing diplomatic and economic pressure on the Gaddafi regime to cease attacks on civilians and comply with U.N. Security Council resolutions,” a White House statement said.
The White House said earlier that Obama still opposes sending U.S. ground troops to Libya, but he supports a French and British move to dispatch military advisers to help rebels fighting Gaddafi.
“The president obviously is aware of this decision and supports it, and hopes and believes it will help the opposition,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters traveling with Obama to California. “But it does not at all change the president’s policy on no ‘boots on the ground’ for American troops,” Carney said.
France will send up to 10 military advisers to Libya while Britain said it could send up to a dozen officers to help the opposition improve organization and communications, but said it would not arm the rebels or train them to fight.
Reporting by Jeff Mason and Steve Holland; Writing by Alister Bull; Editing by Jackie Frank