WASHINGTON - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton rebuffed a personal appeal from Muammar Gaddafi to US President Barack Obama, saying the Libyan leader should impose a cease-fire, withdraw his forces and go into exile.
The White House confirmed that Gaddafi had written a letter to Obama but said nothing about its contents, first reported by the Associated Press, which said he had appealed to Obama for a cease-fire in a rambling, three-page message.
"With respect to the letter you referred to, I think that Mr. Gaddafi knows what he must do," Clinton told a news conference with Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini.
"There needs to be a cease-fire, his forces need to withdraw from the cities that they have forcibly taken at great violence and human cost. There needs to be a decision made about his departure from power and ... his departure from Libya," Clinton told reporters.