US renews demand for Gaddafi to step down

2011-07-02 14:00

Madrid - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton demanded on Saturday that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi abandon power after he threatened to launch attacks like "locusts and bees" on Europe.

Clinton, on an official visit to Nato ally Spain, called on the Libyan leader to deliver democracy rather than issuing menaces.

"Instead of issuing threats, Gaddafi should put the well-being and interests of his own people first and he should step down from power and help facilitate a democratic transition," she said.

Clinton, speaking in a news conference with Spanish Foreign Minister Trinidad Jiminez, was asked about Gaddafi's warning on Friday that the Libyan people could one day strike Europe.

"The Libyan people are capable, one day, of taking the battle to Europe and the Mediterranean," Gaddafi said in a speech broadcast by loudspeaker to loyalists in Tripoli.

"They could attack your homes, your offices, your families could become legitimate military targets because you have transformed our offices, headquarters, homes and children into military targets which you say are legitimate," Gaddafi said.

"If we decide to do so, we are capable of throwing ourselves on Europe like swarms of locusts or bees.

Asked about the threat, Spain's foreign minister vowed to keep up the pressure on Gaddafi.

"The answer of Spain and the international coalition is to maintain the unity and determination with which we have been working in the past months," Jimenez said.

"We are working together to protect the Libyan people from the threats and violence that Gaddafi is employing against them. We will stay until we achieve our goals."

The allies intend to carry out the United Nations resolution to protect the Libyan people "and allow the Libyan people to fulfil their legitimate aspirations to live in peace", Jimenez said.

  • Krush - 2011-07-02 14:28

    Another dictator, no wonder Zuma supports him.

      Boer - 2011-07-02 20:35

      Krush Dont worry both are going to see their asses. I see on the news here in the US how they talk about Zuma devending Gadaffi and they are not happy about it. Time will get Gaddafi out of power and for the ANC, they already know time is running out. Just look at the state of the nation.

  • Marcell - 2011-07-02 15:06

    Give that man lead.

  • thetruth - 2011-07-02 15:25

    @Krush u a nd ur ppl are the biggest instigators of mischief in the world...the cursed nation...stealing so much of land,but nothing with oil under....HITLER did what he did cos he knew the evil intention of your ppl...and by the way he only killed a few thousand...not the millions u'll lie about to get the worlds sympathy...SATANS OF THE WORLD

      Anton - 2011-07-02 15:52

      thetruth Shame, you are very confused and insane GO AND SEE A SHRINK

      freedom - 2011-07-02 16:15

      One confused idiotu are.... wow

      Liberty - 2011-07-02 19:43

      @truth have you been smoking your socks lately?

      slg - 2011-07-29 09:00

      Incredibly hateful and delusional. I feel for you living with this resentment and rage.

  • rightguard - 2011-07-02 16:05

    Step down and then go where? Why is someone like George W Bush still in Texas after the mess he and the neo-cons have created in Iraq.Why does the International Criminal Court not pusue these blokes like Bush and Blair? The ICC has take one hellvu credibility blow in this conflict.It only indicts African leaders What impartial judicial process are these legal minds following?

      slg - 2011-07-29 09:01

      Because they did not intentionally target civilians or intentionally commit other human rights abuses.

  • thetruth - 2011-07-02 16:16

    @ news2 u racist media...cant stomach criticism of the white wonder the and wants to draft the new media laws

  • thetruth - 2011-07-02 16:16

    ANC ,i meant

  • thetruth - 2011-07-02 16:18

    @ Anton waar was jy al hierdie jare,jou poeph.l...wat ken dom goed soos jy oor politiek

  • mahamed ibraahim - 2011-07-02 17:00

    what is the priciple of the icc it has been made for africans why not they can do anything anywhere else in this world the world is not only africa

      slg - 2011-07-29 08:59

      It does not only have jurisdiction in Africa. It has issued arrest warrants for dictators and other human rights abusers the world over.

  • Aleluya - 2011-07-02 17:38

    Africa Unite

  • princesspuffypants - 2011-07-02 18:07

    Interesting how the US will only step in when there is something to be gained where countries like Zimbabwe rot under the leadership of a dictator without any interference... Way to go USA!

      Liberty - 2011-07-02 20:07

      They have instituted sanctions, which is a last resort to military action

      jabski - 2011-07-04 07:17

      who the hell are the usa anyway? what right do they have to lecture anybody? all they do is create wars and enemies out of thin air to keep their military machine going and put a few more dollars in the hands of the wealthy elite. F**K em!

      slg - 2011-07-29 08:57

      Jabski, the computer and internet you're using was invented by and in the US, so was your phone, your cell phone, the lights in your home, the airplanes you fly in and the car you drive.

  • pages:
  • 1