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Nations Support New Libyan Leaders as Qaddafi Vows to Fight

Leaders of the international coalition that helped topple Muammar Qaddafi pledged economic and military support to Libya’s new administration as the former strongman vowed a long insurgency against his opponents.

A group of about 60 nations, dubbed the “Friends of Libya,” agreed at a meeting in Paris yesterday to release billions of dollars in frozen funds for humanitarian and reconstruction needs. They also promised to maintain military pressure on forces loyal to Qaddafi, now in hiding, and urged Libya’s new leaders to avoid recriminations and to set up a functioning state quickly.