The British Prime Minister David Cameron has opened a special international meeting in London to discuss the future of Libya.
More than 40 governments and international bodies are present, including representatives from the coalition, Nato, the African Union and Arab League.
There is no official Libyan government representative at the meeting but officials from the rebel movement have been invited to London.
The British Foreign Secretary William Hague met Mahmoud Jabril, special envoy for the Libyan Interim Transitional National Council, and asked for his “assessment of the humanitarian needs in Libya and priorities for international assistance.”
Cameron said action taken under the UN resolution had saved lives and was continuing to do so – but added that matters could not rest there.
“Yes our military action can protect people from attack, and yes our humanitarian action can help people recover. But neither are sufficient to provide a greater path to freedom. Ultimately the solution must be a political one and it must be for the Libyan people themselves to determine their destiny,” said the prime minister.
The prime minister said a contact group would be set up to engage with organisations such as the interim national council to pave the way for democracy in a post-Gaddafi era.
With fighting raging between pro and anti-Gaddafi-supporters, Italy has put forward a political plan to end the crisis which includes exile for the Libyan leader.