22 Mar '11, 3am

US says goal is to get Gaddafi to step down - Channel NewsAsia

SANTIAGO: The United States on Monday sent mixed messages about its objectives in Libya, as President Barack Obama said Muammer al-Gaddafi must go, but vowed US forces would stick to a narrower UN mandate. "Our military action is in support of an international mandate from the Security Council that specifically focuses on the humanitarian threat posed by Colonel Gaddafi to his people," Obama told a press conference in Chile. The missile and air strikes launched at the weekend were "in support of UN Security Resolution 1973, that specifically talks about humanitarian efforts, and we are going to make sure that we stick to that mandate," he added. But Obama stressed it was "US policy that Gaddafi needs to go" accusing the veteran leader who has ruled the north African country for more than four decades of murdering civilians as he tries to quell an opposition uprising. The U...

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