Hillary wants peaceful resolution of Libyan crisis
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Last Updated: Wednesday, March 09, 2011, 11:56
Washington: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has expressed concern over the unabated violence raging in Libya and called for peaceful resolution to the crisis, reiterating America's support to the people of the strife-torn nation.

"We know that there's a long road ahead for being able to try to resolve this. We'd like to see this resolved peacefully. We would like to see a new government come peacefully," Clinton told the Sky News in an interview.

"If that's not possible, then we're going to work with the international community. Now, there are countries that do not agree with that," she said.

Clinton said US was going to support the efforts of the Libyan people, because "they themselves have to be supported."

"We know how difficult this struggle is. We've called for Colonel Gaddafi to leave. We believe that he has totally given up any legitimacy to power. When a leader turns against his own people, that is the end," she said.

Noting that it's very important this was not a US-led effort, she said, "This doesn't come from the outside. This doesn't come from some Western power or some Gulf country saying this is what you should do, this is how you should live."

Observing that all options were being looked at, Clinton said but was difficult in the midst of the civil conflict, to even know how one would do that, because right now, "It's not clear what part of the country is actually under rebel control. We know the east is, but how much in the middle, and then we've got Gaddafi.

"So my only point is we are working really hard every day with the international community, and we were very pleased that the Gulf states and the Arab League, which before had not supported any kind of action, have now said that they could so if the United Nations agrees."


First Published: Wednesday, March 09, 2011, 11:56

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