UK secretary: No criticism of US over Libya

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Posted: May 25, 2011 8:04 AM
UK secretary: No criticism of US over Libya

Britain's foreign secretary said Wednesday that his country won't criticize U.S. efforts in Libya.

LONDON (AP) _ Foreign Secretary William Hague on Wednesday rejected suggestions that Britain was upset about the U.S. contribution to attacks against Moammar Gadhafi's regime.

"I make no criticism of the United States," he told the BBC. "They are looking to allies to do a lot of this ourselves as well. But I don't think they should be faulted for that. I think it's quite right that the UK and other nations play leading roles."

Some British lawmakers say Britain and France shouldered an unfair burden in the Libyan campaign, particularly at a time when budget cuts have hit defense spending.

The lawmakers want the U.S. to deploy additional jets in an attempt to increase the pace of airstrikes.

Hague also said he did not believe Britain would be drawn into a quagmire if Gadhafi's regime collapsed.

"It's very different from Iraq." he said.

He added that if Gadhafi's regime did collapse, Libyans would need to take prime responsibility for the country.