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In London talks, world leaders to clarify roles in Libya

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(Read caption) Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague meets with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London on Tuesday, March 29, ahead of the meeting of international allies to discuss the next steps for Libya.

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Leaders of the international coalition responsible for the no-fly zone in Libya will gather in London today to discuss the next steps for the UN-authorized military intervention. The meeting, which comes more than a week after international airstrikes began and a couple days after NATO took command of military action, seeks to clarify the role of the coalition forces in the escalating conflict between rebels and pro-Qaddafi forces that began seven weeks ago.

The objectives of the coalition have so far been murky. World leaders have rejected accusations from Qaddafi that they are seeking regime change, saying their mandate is no protect civilians. But the vigorous air campaign has enabled rebels to rapidly regain territory that they had lost to Qaddafi's forces.

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According to The Telegraph, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said that one of the goals of the meeting is to begin planning for a post-Qaddafi political future in Libya. Although the goal of the international intervention is not regime change, they do hope Qaddafi will step down, he said.


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