Hillary wants peaceful resolution of Libyan crisis

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 9, 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."

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 11:56

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