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LIBYA: German Chancellor Angela Merkel calls Kadafi speech 'frightening'

February 22, 2011 | 10:36 am

Merkel German Chancellor Angela Merkel described Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi's speech on Tuesday, in which he said he was determined to stay in power, as "very, very frightening" and said he had declared war on his own people.

Merkel told Reuters at a news conference Tuesday that if Kadafi did not stop the violence, she would support sanctions against Libya.

-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske

Photo: German Chancellor Angela Merkel reacts during a news conference after a weekly executive committee meeting in Berlin, Germany on Monday. Credit: Michael Sohn/Associated Press