British Prime Minister David Cameron has declined to appear before a parliamentary committee to give evidence to its inquiry into Libya.
He told the committee holding the inquiry into his 2011 Libyan campaign that he was too busy to answer questions before the panel citing diary pressures.
The House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee had asked Cameron in March to answer questions before the end of the current parliamentary session this month, in order to clear the way for it to publish its report on the UK’s military intervention in the 2011 uprising against Muammar Gaddafi and its aftermath.
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Despite being the driving force behind the war, which plunged Libya into its current chaos, Cameron said in his written response to the committee that the likes of Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond had already given a “good deal of evidence” to cover the issue.
A spokeswoman for the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, which asked Cameron in March if he would appear before the end of April, told the Press Association the panel would now press ahead with publication of its report into the war.
Prime ministers traditionally refuse to attend Commons Select Committee meetings, leaving them to governmental department heads instead.
US President Barack Obama recently claimed the PM had appeared “distracted” during the Libyan war, though the Atlantic magazine reported in March that Obama privately refers to the war as a “sh*t-show” of Cameron’s making.
Recent rumors that the UK could intervene in Libya again with a commitment of 1,000 troops have died down after widespread criticism.