NATO vows to keep military pressure on Gaddafi until situation improves

BRUSSELS, April 29 (RIA Novosti) – NATO plans to put pressure on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi until his troops stop attacking civilians, NATO spokeswoman Carmen Romero said on Friday.

“It is clear that there must be a political solution in Libya,” Romero told journalists in Brussels. “But we are determined to keep up the military pressure until all attacks and threats of attack against civilians have ended; the regime has withdrawn all military and paramilitary forces to their basis; and full humanitarian access is guaranteed.”

“This is what foreign ministers agreed [at their mid-April meeting] in Berlin. And this is what we will continue to do, for as long as it takes to achieve those goals,” the spokeswoman said.

The unrest in the country, which began in mid-February, has already claimed thousands of lives, with Gaddafi’s troops maintaining their combat capabilities despite NATO airstrikes against them.

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