Obama Demands End to Violence in Libya

Friday, March 18, 2011

Speaking from the White House on Friday, President Barack Obama said Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has "launched a military campaign against his own people."

The president strongly denounced violence in Libya, and demanded an immediate cease-fire, and for Gadhafi to allow humanitarian aid to reach the Libyan people.

On Thursday, the United Nations approved a resolution that would create a no-fly zone. "If Gadhafi does not comply with the resolution, the international community will impose consequences, and the resolution will be enforced through military action," he said. But, he added that the U.S. would not be sending ground troops to the country.

As the Associated Press reports, the Libyan government said it had imposed a cease-fire in the country on Friday -- but some rebel forces disputed that claim, saying attacks continued after that declaration.

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