Gaddafi is feeling pressure to leave: Obama

The US President says a military stalemate exists on the ground in Libya.

Last Updated: Apr 16, 2011, 13:56 PM IST

Chicago: President Barack Obama says a military stalemate exists on the ground in Libya, but the United States and NATO have averted a "wholesale slaughter" and Muammar Gaddafi is under increasing pressure to leave.
Obama said he doesn`t see a need to resume direct US participation in enforcing the no-fly zone, saying it`s assisting with intelligence, jamming and refuelling. He acknowledges there`s essentially a stalemate there, but adds that the NATO operation is less than a month old.
Obama says Gaddafi is "getting squeezed in all different kinds of ways”, asserting he`s running out of money and supplies. The President also says he`s confident that Gaddafi ultimately will be forced to surrender power and that there`s no need for a change in US policy at this time.
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