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Friday, July 22, 2011

Libyan Resistance: U.S. not to insist on Qadhafi's departure!


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ATUL ANEJA / The Hindu / DUBAI, July 22, 2011.

FOCUS ON CAPITAL: Libyan rebel fighters at a checkpoint some 20 km west of
rebel-held Ajdabiya on Tuesday. Photo: AP
FOCUS ON CAPITAL: Libyan rebel fighters at a checkpoint some 20 km west of rebel-held Ajdabiya on Tuesday. Photo: AP.

The United States has followed France in saying Muammar Qadhafi can stay on in Libya following his political exit, amid plans by the opposition to focus on capital Tripoli ahead of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting on the Muslim calendar.
On Wednesday, the U.S. said it would not be prescriptive on whether Mr. Qadhafi should continue to reside in Libya after he had relinquished office. White House spokesman Jay Carney said it was up to the people of Libya to pronounce on Mr. Qadhafi's residential status. He stressed Mr. Qadhafi had to first step down, and no longer remain “a threat to the people of Libya”. “And then it's up for the Libyan people to decide their own future, including what that means for Qadhafi if he's not out of the country,” he said.
Earlier on Wednesday, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe had suggested that allowing Mr. Qadhafi to stay in Libya after he had stepped down could help resolve the conflict.


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