US warns Gaddafi aides to leave him or face consequences

The US said close aides of Libyan leader should either leave or be ready to face the consequences.

Last Updated: Mar 08, 2011, 11:13 AM IST

Washington: The US has asked close
associates of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to leave their leader or be ready to face the consequences of human rights violations against their own people.

"Those who are around Colonel Gaddafi and making that
existential choice right now about whether they want to be on
the side of the Libyan people or on the side of a leader and a
regime that no longer has any legitimacy, they should be fully
aware of the fact that the world is watching what they do and
they will be held accountable for their actions," White House
spokesman Jay Carney said.

The United States knows a number of the people around
Colonel Gaddafi, he said, adding the Obama Administration was
working to have a fuller list of people who can and will be
held accountable for the actions that the regime was taking
against its own people.

"We have tried to make is that we are using the full
spectrum of our intelligence capabilities to assist us in
identifying those who must be held accountable for the actions
that they`re taking," Carney said.
US was having a broad range of contacts, including
with members of the Libyan government in Libya.

"It is both true and very important to have it be
perceived true that the unrest in Libya, the drive to force
Colonel Gaddafi from power, and the unrest throughout the
region is organic; it is not inspired by the United States or
other Western or foreign countries.

"That`s an important factor here in the historic
developments we see in these last weeks and months," he said.
Responding to questions, he, however, did not say that
restoring diplomatic relationship with Libya by the previous
Bush Administration was a mistake.

"I think we`re focused right now on the crisis that
has unfolded in Libya in the last several weeks. The fact that
the Libyan government took actions to rid itself of weapons of
mass destruction was obviously a positive thing.

"But right now we are focused on the crisis at hand
and not the past," Carney said.