US renews demand for Gaddafi to abandon power

Last Updated: Saturday, July 2, 2011 - 22:18

Madrid: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
told Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on Saturday to abandon power and
said rebels are gaining strength after he threatened attacks
on Europe.

Clinton, on an official visit to NATO ally Spain, called
on the Libyan leader to deliver democracy rather than threats.

"Instead of issuing threats, Gaddafi should put the
well-being and interests of his own people first and he should
step down from power and help facilitate a democratic
transition," the secretary of state said.

"The NATO-led mission is on track and pressure on Gaddafi
is mounting and the rebels have been gaining strength and
momentum. We need to see this through," she told a news
conference.

Clinton, speaking alongside Spanish Foreign Minister
Trinidad Jiminez, was asked about Gaddafi`s warning yesterday
that the Libyan people could one day strike Europe.

"They could attack your homes, your offices, your families
could become legitimate military targets because you have
transformed our offices, headquarters, homes and children into
military targets which you say are legitimate," Gaddafi said
in Tripoli.

"If we decide to do so, we are capable of throwing
ourselves on Europe like swarms of locusts or bees."

Asked about the threats, Spain`s foreign minister vowed to
keep up the pressure on Gaddafi.

"The answer of Spain and the international coalition is to
maintain the unity and determination with which we have been
working in the past months," Jimenez said.

"We are working together to protect the Libyan people from
the threats and violence that Kadhafi is employing against
them. We will stay until we achieve our goals."

PTI



First Published: Saturday, July 2, 2011 - 22:18

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