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LIBYA: Obama, Hillary Clinton call on Kadafi to step down

Security councilPresident Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday called on Moammar Kadafi to step down, reversing previous reticence by the U.S. leaders to directly urge the Libyan president to leave office.

In a statement, Clinton said Kadafi "has lost the confidence of his people and he should go without further bloodshed and violence," and that the Libyan people deserved a government that "protects their universally recognized human rights." The U.S. has always said that the future of Libya should be decided by its people, she said, and "they have made themselves clear."

In a phone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Obama did not cite Kadafi by name, but said that the Libyan leader had lost his legitimacy. "The President stated that when a leader's only means of staying in power is to use mass violence against his own people, he has lost the legitimacy to rule and needs to do what is right for his country by leaving now," a White House statement said.

Clinton's statements come as the U.N. Security Council continued to debate a resolution and potential sanctions against Libya. China, which wields veto power, is reportedly still awaiting instructions from Beijing on how to vote.

"We are moving quickly on a series of steps to hold the Libyan government accountable for its violation of human rights and to mobilize a strong response from the international community," Clinton said.

Obama announced sanctions against Libya on Friday.

The group Doctors without Borders issued its first report on medical facilities in Benghazi, Libya, on Saturday. After its representatives visited three medical centers in the city, the group said the facilities have "managed to deal with the numbers of wounded people and medical needs." However, the hospitals have shortages of some medical equipment, including dressings for wounds, sutures and anesthesia drugs, the group said.

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Photo: Susan Rice, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, arrives at for Security Council meetings Saturday. Credit: Mary Altaffer / Associated Press

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Kadafi should seriously take this into consideration. Libya is in a state of unrest and it's not doing them any good. Kadafi, if you know what's good for you, just please step down. Everybody thinks it's the best next course of action.

President Obama and Sec Clinton could and should be saying very similar things about Sudan President Omar al-Bashir in regards to Darfur: "The President stated that when a leader's only means of staying in power is to use mass violence against his own people, he has lost the legitimacy to rule and needs to do what is right for his country by leaving now," a White House statement said.

"We are moving quickly on a series of steps to hold the Libyan government accountable for its violation of human rights and to mobilize a strong response from the international community," Clinton said.

Both Obama and Clinton know that al-Bashir has supported genocide against the Darfuri people since 2003. The ICC has indicted al-Bashir for "crimes against humanity. And yet Obama has taken Sudan off the USA State-Sponsored Terrorist List. I think perpetrating genocide on your own people is enough to consider al-Bahir a terrorist by definition. The USA shouldn't be rewarding al-Bashir then sanctioning Moammar Kadafi. It is inconsistent policy. Obama only does this because he can get away with it due to lack of spotlight by the media coverage of Darfuris' dire situation. The media is in effect complicit in this current on-going genocide. Regarding Darfur, Senator Obama spoke these words: “We can't say 'never again' and then let it happen again.” And that is exactly what he is doing.

@atrayu,

turkey already sent aid ships. All ferries, except the first two that sent in rush carries food and other aid to be delivered to locals. Furthermore, volunteers from turkey is distributing aid in Benghazi and Tripoli.

Maybe Turkey will send an aid ship...

No-one has ever doubted that it was Abu Nidal who organised the Pan Am bombing but most experts believe his paymaster was Iran rather than Libya. Retaliation for the shooting down of the Iranian passenger plane by the renegade US battlecruiser Vincennes a few months before Lockerbie is the far more likely motive. Not only was there no evidence that the bomb had been put on board in Malta, but Air Malta won a libel action in 1993 establishing that it was not. I frankly do not believe that Abdelbaset al-Megrahi “threatened to confess and expose Gaddafi unless Tripoli found a way to get him home to his family”. Gaddafi’s revenge against the Megrahi family if such a threat was made far less carried out would have been too ghastly to contemplate.

I am an Obama supporter. He is being criticized for not doing enough about Libya. Here is a solution that could get him reelected.

How about sending cargo aircraft to do a HUMANITARIAN airdrop of supplies (food, medicine, etc.) escorted by PROTECTIVE fighters. Maybe we would even tell the world and the Libyans we are coming.

If we are really a great military power we could probably pull this off without a shot being fired.

What I saw on the news was the British sending a warship to pick up evacuees while we sent a "rented" car ferry that sat at the dock for days. Now the Brits are sending C-130's to pick up their people in the oil fields.

I'm not a macho guy, but I'm not a wuss either.

Hopefully someone is already working on something. Fast!

Where is the liberal outrage at a US president DEMANDING leaders of another nation step down? Their silence is telling here...just as it is with all the deaths in Afghanistan. Hypocrites.

I'll bet Moammar is just really impressed by being told by Hilly and Barrie he is a bad boy and should leave.
I grant that the US can do little else, but we should at least not pretend that such yapping is of any use.
Just admit we can't act and go on about solving our problems at home.

he has already stated that he will not leave the country and that he will die a martyr,with all the money and stolen goods he has taken from the people hopefully frozen and out of his/family reach who-ever takes him in will no doubt come under the peoples scorn so where will he go.
you may infact spot him and his rag tag family in a queue near you claiming from your social system do they give palaces on comunity housing schemes with as much money as you can spend with a few natives slung in for weekly target practice.
perhaps the best thing for him would be to do all concerned the favour of topping him-self oh sorry to die as a martyr.
then you will get the book writen by the family followed by the film and the next thing you know all of a sudden they will all be squeeky clean again and will be seen on your tv's giving interviews from murders/murders offsprings to global super-stars.
all are as quilty as one for the treatment of thier so called own people and should be treated as such there should be no place in the goverment and exile/confined to prison to stand trial for crimes against the people is the only true out-come that should be granted to these people one and all.
thank you.

Kadafi should leave Libya. He did a lot of good deeds for the people when he first took over power. However, the people are ahead of him and wish to think for themselves. It doesn'tseem like 42 years since I lived in Kadafi's uncle's villa with my family (the only military family allowed to live down town Tripoli). It was on Labor day 1969 when it all happened. No one including Kadafi thought that they would get away with the take over. They were afriad that any day Nixon would order Col. James to arrest him and the other six officers. He and his buddies use to come over to the villa at night and talk and drink for hours. This was during the time that one could hear gun shots outside and the next morning there would be blood stains on the wall. I use to brief Col. James and his staff each morning on what was happening down town. On Thanksgiving day 1969 while we were enjoying dinner I answered the door bell to find the PM's and moving company outside. Informing us that we would have to move on Wheelus AFB immediately. Kadafi had been informed that I probably was not his best friend. Do I have a story to tell about that jek or what?

This is the kind of thing I just dont understand . Why is it that the press report on President Obama and Hillary Clinton as if they make decisions for two separate administrations. Shouldn't this be , The Obama Administration Calls on Kadafi to Step down? The White Madia always reporting on Hillary Clinton as if she is the President for Foriegn Policy. Is she to big and too white to follow the orders of a lowly black president?


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