May 27 - U.S. President Barack Obama says that France and the United States will ''finish the job'' in Libya after holding a bilateral meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Travis Brecher reports.
A beautiful morning in Deauville, France - as the second and final day of the G8 summit gets underway. At the top of the agenda: Libya, and its embattled leader Muammar Gaddafi. U.S. President Barack Obama says Gaddafi must go. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, SAYING: "Meeting the U.N. mandate of civilian protection cannot be accomplished when Gaddafi remains in Libya, directing his forces in acts of aggression against the Libyan people." He also said the United States and France are in full agreement on sticking with the NATO-led intervention in Libya until the crisis there is resolved. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, SAYING: "We are joined in resolve to finish the job." The Group of Eight leaders also promised to support new Arab democracies. The pledge includes an announcement of a total commitment of some 20 billion dollars. Travis Brecher, Reuters