Clinton Urges Gaddafi to Step Down; No-Fly Zone on the Table

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is imploring the world to hold Moammar Gadhafi’s regime to account for gross atrocities that include reports of executing soldiers for refusing to turn their guns on their fellow citizens.

Speaking at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday, Clinton said Gaddafi must leave power “now, without further violence or delay”.

“Gaddafi and those around him must be held accountable for these acts, which violate international legal obligations and common decency,” she said.

“We have seen Colonel Gaddafi’s security forces open fire on peaceful protesters. They have used heavy weapons on unarmed civilians. Mercenaries and thugs have been turned loose to attack demonstrators.”

The implementation of a NO FLY ZONE is being considered to prevent mercenaries from flying into Libya, and to prevent bombardment of civilians by military aircraft.