International Leaders Discuss Libya's Future

By: CBS
By: CBS

President Obama says "the noose is tightening" around Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi. Coalition partners met in London Tuesday to discuss Libya's future - one without Qaddafi.

An impressive show of political force as leaders from more than 40 international partners gathered in London. And they agree, Libya's future does not include Muammar Qaddafi.

"All of us have to continue the pressure on and deepen the isolation of the Qaddafi regime," said U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

President Obama says the effort is working.

"People around him are starting to recognize their options are limited and their days are numbered."

But some members of Congress say that's wishful thinking.

"So if Qaddafi doesn't leave, how long will NATO be there to enforce a no-fly zone? That's a very troubling question," said House Speaker, Rep. John Boehner.

A U.S. Navy ship kept up the military attacks Tuesday, launching 22 cruise missiles on targets in Tripoli.

Qaddafi forces still managed to force the opposition eastward. Rebels on the outskirts of Sirte say they also came under fire from residents armed by the regime.

The Obama administration says most of the opposition appears to be credible, but not all of them.

"We have seen flickers in the intelligence of potential Al-Qaida, Hezbollah...," said Adm. James Stavridis, NATO Supreme Allied Commander in Europe.

So far, there's no decision to provide arms to the rebels.

"I think it's important for us not to jump in with both feet but to carefully consider what are the goals of the opposition," said the President.

Rebel leaders say one of those goals is for Libya to fulfill its own destiny.

"To liberate our country, this is our duty," said Iman Boughaigis, spokeswoman for Rebel Provisional Transitional Council in Libya.

Just how long that will take, or how much it will ultimately cost, remains unclear.

Secretary Clinton said international leaders also discussed providing non-lethal assistance, including funds, to keep the opposition going.


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