Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Clinton Urges Aid to Libya, Pressure on Gadhafi
By Karen Parrish
American Forces Press Service
Speaking at the International Conference on
in Libya , Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the London has been proud to stand with its NATO, Arab and European partners in protecting United States ’s people. Libya
“We have prevented a potential massacre, established a no-fly zone, stopped an advancing army, added more partners to this coalition, and transferred command of the military effort to NATO,” she said.
Today’s conference in
marks a turning point, London said. While military actions will continue under NATO command, she explained, international attention must focus on humanitarian assistance and political transition in Clinton . Libya
The coalition military campaign has made it possible for more help to get through,
“For example, a convoy organized by the World Food Program was able to reach
this weekend with 18 tons of supplies, including food and blankets,” she noted. “But a great deal more aid is needed and we have to work quickly and cooperatively to assess and respond.” Benghazi
Long-term progress in
will not be accomplished through military means, the secretary said. Quoting President Barack Obama from his speech last night, Libya said, “We must continue to pursue the broader goal of a Clinton that belongs not to a dictator, but to the Libyan people.” Libya
The nations of the coalition cannot impose their will on the Libyan people,
said, but must support their right to determine their own future. Clinton
“And we have to speak with one voice in support of a transition that leads to that time,” she added.
“All of us have to continue the pressure on and deepen the isolation of the Gadhafi regime,”
said. “This includes … political and diplomatic pressure that makes clear to Gadhafi he must go, that sends a strong message of accountability, and that sharpens the choice for those around him.” Clinton
agrees with the Arab League that Gadhafi has lost the legitimacy to lead, she said, and with the African Union on the need for a democratic transition process. United States
“And we support U.N. Special Envoy [Abdul Ilah] Khatib’s planned travel to
following this conference to assess conditions and report to the international community,” she added. Libya
“Under different governments, under different circumstances, people are expressing the same basic aspirations –- a voice in their government, an end to corruption, freedom from violence and fear, the chance to live in dignity, and to make the most of their God-given talents,” she said. Such goals are not easily reached, she acknowledged, but she added they are worth working for.
“And I’m very proud that this coalition has come to this place at this time to try to pursue those goals,” she concluded.