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Libya: Sarkozy pledges ongoing support at summit

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Libya: Sarkozy pledges ongoing support at summit


French President Nicolas Sarkozy says thousands of lives have been spared in Libya thanks to military intervention, in which he has played a leading role.

He was speaking after co-hosting a major international summit in Paris on the future of the country.

Sarkozy also said there was commitment to unblock frozen funds.

“Money taken by Gaddafi and his entourage has to go back to the Libyan peple and we made an agreement to unblock the money that Libya had yesterday for the development of today’s Libya,” Sarkozy said. “We made an agreement, too, to continue with NATO strikes until Gaddafi and his supporters are no longer a risk to the Libyan people.”

British Prime Minister David Cameron paid tribute to Sarkozy, who he said had brought together a coalition which was on the brink of success.

The conference took place 42 years to the day since Muammar Gaddafi seized power in Libya in a coup.

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