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UK backs Arab change.

BRITAIN will not turn its back on the millions of citizens hoping for a better life from the Arab Spring, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was saying today.

In a speech to a British Council seminar in London, Mr Clegg was insisting that the forces driving change in the region "are here to stay".

With opposition forces in Libya closing in on Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, he is also mounting a strong defence of Britain's involvement in military operations against the regime.

While Mr Clegg was acknowledging the early euphoria surrounding the peaceful revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt had faded, he was saying that it would be a "huge mistake" to start lowering expectations for the region.

"It is increasingly common to hear what was once hailed the Arab Spring now compared with a long, uncomfortable Arab summer," he was saying.

"The truth is: we cannot be certain exactly how things will pan out. But the direction of travel is set. And the fundamental forces driving these changes are here to stay."
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Aug 22, 2011
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