Clinton insists on Gaddafi leaving Libya
Washington - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stuck on Monday to US demands for Muammar Gaddafi to step down from power and leave Libya as part of a peaceful transition for that Arab country.
The chief US diplomat renewed these and other demands as she declined to comment on a peace deal the African Union (AU) said it has reached with Colonel Gaddafi until full details become available.
"We have made it very clear that we want to see a ceasefire, we want to see the Libyan regime forces pull back from the areas they have forcibly entered," Clinton told a press conference.
"We want to see a resumption of water, electricity and other services to cities that have been brutalised by the Gaddafi forces," she said when asked for comment on the AU peace plan.
"We want to see humanitarian assistance reach the people of Libya. These terms are non-negotiable," she said.
"We believe, too, that there needs to be a transition that reflects the will of the Libyan people and the departure of Gaddafi from power and from Libya," she said.
"So we have been consistent along with many of our international partners in making those points to be as clear as possible... So we'll wait to get the full briefing as to what the African Union delegation determined," she said.
South African President Jacob Zuma said in Tripoli on Sunday that Gaddafi regime has accepted an African Union (AU) peace plan designed to end the current conflict.