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Afghanistan mission will suffer as Libyan stalemate continues

Con Coughlin

Published 18/04/2011 | 05:00

US President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy have staked their political reputations on overthrowing Col Muammar Gaddafi's regime following last week's publication of a letter signed by all three in which they declared there will be no peace in Libya while Gaddafi remains in power.

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Precisely how they hope to reconcile their desired objective of achieving regime change in Libya with the more modest goals set by the UN -- to protect Libya's civilian population and to establish a ceasefire -- is likely to occupy much of their energy and time in the weeks ahead.

There is also the tricky issue of having to explain how what began as a humanitarian mission to prevent the massacre of Libyan civilians in Benghazi has metamorphosed into a campaign to oust Gaddafi and his cohorts from their stronghold in Tripoli.

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