US: Gadhafi Must Stop 'Bloodshed'

Published on Tuesday 22nd February 2011

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has condemned the violence against anti-government protesters in Libya and called on Moammar Gadhafi's government to stop what she described as the "unacceptable bloodshed" taking place in the North African nation.Clinton said Monday the world is watching events unfold in Libya "with alarm." Her statement came amid reports from witnesses in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, that helicopters and warplanes were besieging parts of the city and snipers were taking up positions on rooftops.Other world leaders have also demanded a peaceful resolution of the turmoil in Libya.U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke by phone with Mr. Gadhafi and expressed deep concern at the escalating scale of violence.  The U.N. says Mr. Ban urged respect for basic freedoms and human rights, and underlined the need to ensure the protection of the civilian population under any circumstances.Also Monday, Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa called for an end to the violence and said he sees the Libyan protesters' demands as legitimate. European Union officials are encouraging Libya to move toward democracy.  They are fearful about the safety of their nationals now in Libya.  British Prime Minister David Cameron said the Libyan central government's deadly crackdown on anti-government protests is "completely appalling and unacceptable," using the "most vicious forms of repression."  French President Nicolas Sarkozy condemned Monday what he called the "unacceptable use of force" in Libya and called for an "immediate end" to the violence.In Brussels, a European Union official said Libya has threatened the EU it will stop curbing illegal migration from North Africa to Europe if the bloc continues to support anti-government protests.  Italy is particularly concerned about the prospect of an influx of migrants as it is already a popular entry point for North Africans seeking a better life in Europe.  Thousands of North African migrants have sailed to the Italian island of Lampedusa since the ouster of Tunisia's president last month.



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