US President Barack Obama has defended the intervention in Libya while cautioning that overthrowing Colonel Gaddafi by force would be a mistake.
Explaining the UK's position on the Today programme, Foreign Secretary William Hague said it was "not involved in regime change".
"We would like him [Gaddafi] to go but militarily what we're involved in is the [UN] resolution. We will stick strictly to the [UN] resolution," he told John Humphrys.
"It's for the people of Libya to determine their future."
While the Secretary General of Nato
told the programme
that anyone who attacked civilians, including the rebels, could face military attack, Mr Hague was more cautious.
"They have not attacked civilians so I am not going to threaten them," he said.
And he would not be drawn on whether the UK would fight for criminal proceedings against Gaddafi should he be forced from power, although he does want him to face justice.
"I'm not going to chose Col Gaddafi's retirement home," he said.
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