Friday, March 4, 2011

Obama: Gaddafi is on the wrong side of history and should leave and

The U.S. president, Barack Obama, first mentioned by name the Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, to assert that it is "on the wrong side of history" and must "give up power and leave now." Obama made his strongest appeal so far against Gaddafi, which claimed its place directly on three occasions in less than ten minutes during a joint press conference with Mexican President Felipe Calderon.

The U.S. president warned against "a stalemate that eventually can become something bloody" in Libya. He insisted that his Government is sending "a wide range of options," not ruled out the imposition of a no-fly zone over Libya, but gave no indication of bending by military means. "What we want is to have potentially the capacity to intervene quickly if the situation deteriorates," said the president.

The top priority now, said the president, is humanitarian aid. It has therefore authorized the use of U.S. military aircraft to repatriate Egyptian citizens who have left Libya for the Tunisian border. United States may also use civilian aircraft to transport refugees to other countries.

Humanitarian organizations speak of tens of thousands of foreign workers who fled Libya for Tunisia and Egypt. "I will be very little ambiguity about this. Colonel Gaddafi has to leave office and go, "said U.S. President for the first time in public. I had made the same demands as before, although only in a written communication.

Significantly, also issued a warning to Officials close to Gaddafi about the consequences that will have the use of violence against its own people. "Those around him have to understand that the violence perpetrated against innocent civilians will be monitored and they will be held accountable," Obama said.

One possibility that is considered to be entrenched Gaddafi in Tripoli while their people suffer from food shortages, so it is necessary that the international community to consider alternatives to supply food to this population. Obama's remarks came after the Secretary of Defense Robert Gates ruled out on Wednesday seemed no-fly zone, considering that would require removing the Libyan air defenses and would amount to a hostile act.

In an appearance before Congress, Gates cautioned against "loose talk" about an area exclusion. "Let's call things by their name. An air exclusion zone begins with an attack against Libya to destroy its air defenses, "said Secretary of Defense. Obama's remarks coincide with Venezuela's offer to mediate in the conflict between the Libyan government and rebels.

So far, the U.S. has been skeptical about the offer of the government of President Hugo Chavez, an ally of Gadhafi. In his daily briefing, the State Department spokesman, Philip Crowley, said: "I have achieved clear what an international commission. Colonel Gaddafi must leave." Libyan aviation loyal to Colonel returned yesterday to bomb the oil enclave of Briga, in the east, where on Wednesday killed 12 people in the fighting, six of which were buried today in nearby Ajdabiya.

The situation in this town, the last held by the rebel opposition which controls the east and some parts of the west, was tense but calm over the city. Much-needed assistance from the international community to solve the crisis of refugees fleeing across Libya to Tunisia began to materialize with the arrival of humanitarian aid and the presence today in the area of the European Commissioner for Cooperation, Georgieva.

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