US wants ceasefire in Libya with withdrawal of Gaddafi forces
Washington: US Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton has said that United States wants a ceasefire in Libya
with the forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi pulling back from the
areas where they forcibly entered.
"We have made it very clear that we want to see a
ceasefire. We want to see the Libyan regime forces pull back
from the areas that they have forcibly entered," Clinton told
"We want to see a resumption of water, electricity,
and other services to cities that have been brutalised by the
Gaddafi forces. We want to see humanitarian assistance reach
the people of Libya. These terms are non-negotiable," she
"There needs to be a transition that reflects the will
of the Libyan people and the departure of Gaddafi from power
and from Libya," she said.
"So we have been consistent along with many of our
international partners in making those points to be as clear
as possible in what we expected," Clinton said at a joint news
conference with the visiting Finnish foreign minister
Cai-Goran Alexander Stubb.
She said US will wait to get the full briefing as to
what the African Union delegation determined during their
recent trip to Tripoli to hold mediation talks with the
"What we’ve seen with Gaddafi is a violent response to
the aspirations of his own people, the use of his military
assets against his own people," she said.
"So the combination of military action that was
authorised by the Security Council, combined with political,
diplomatic, and humanitarian assistance is an international
commitment, and I am very grateful for the support that we
have seen come forth," she said.
"We didn’t feel that we had a value added in that
particular operation. Eleven out of twenty-eight NATO
countries were involved in that, plus three outsiders," she
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