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WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama on Thursday condemned the violence in Libya as "outrageous and unacceptable" and said he was dispatching US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to Geneva on Monday for international talks aimed at stopping the violence.
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Obama said he was studying a "full range of options" to pressure Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's regime to halt attacks against Libyans as violent clashes spread throughout the North African country. He said the options included possible sanctions that the US could take with its allies.
"We are doing everything we can to protect American citizens," Obama
said in brief remarks at the White House, his first public comments
after days of violence in Libya.
"We strongly condemn the use of violence in Libya," Obama said. He spoke
in the aftermath of uprisings in neighboring Egypt and Tunisia. The
week-old protests in Libya have been met by a far more brutal response
from militiamen loyal to Gaddafi.
Obama broke his public silence on the violence after the US succeeded in
beginning evacuations of American citizens from the chaotic situation.