Obama, Danish PM both say Gaddafi must go

By REUTERS
March 14, 2011 23:04

WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama and Denmark's prime minister said Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi should leave, but said little about how to make it happen. "He should be history," Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said.

They spoke on a day that Gaddafi's jets bombed Libyan rebels on in a counteroffensive that has pushed them back 100 miles (160 km) in a week, far outpacing diplomatic efforts to impose a no-fly zone to help the rebels.

Diplomats are debating whether to launch a no-fly zone over Libya, an idea backed by France but opposed by Turkey.

"We both share the view that Mr. Gaddafi has lost legitimacy and he needs to leave, and that we as an international community have to speak firmly against any violence that's directed at civilians," Obama said in an Oval Office picture-taking session with Rasmussen.


Related Content

Breaking news
June 21, 2018
U.S. House votes to defeat conservative immigration bill

By REUTERS