Leaders of the forces assembled to stop Colonel Ghaddafi killing his own people in defiance of a UN resolution have spoken out about the military action which began on Saturday.
Speaking from South America, President Obama said:
“So we must be clear. Actions have consequences and the writ of the international community must be enforced. That is the cause of this coalition.”
The coalition was brought together in Paris for an emergency summit on Saturday, and includes the US, European states, Canada, members of the Arab League, and a representative of the African Union.
After French aircraft led the way in the afternoon, British planes flew sorties as night fell.
“Tonight British forces are in action over Libya,” said British Prime Minister David Cameron. “They are part of an international coalition that has come together to enforce the will of the UN and to protect the Libyan people. So what we are doing is necessary. It is legal and it is right.”