Clinton: U.N. resolution on Libya only one step

Friday, March 18, 2011

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WASHINGTON, March 18 (Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday the United States was not impressed by words of cease-fire from the Libyan government and would keep pressing for leader Muammar Gaddafi to step down.

“We are going to be not responsive or impressed by words, we would have to see actions on the ground and that is not yet at all clear,” Clinton said to reporters after meeting with Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister Eamon Gilmore.

“We will continue to work with our partners in the international community to press Gaddafi to leave and to support the legitimate aspirations of the Libyan people,” she said.

Libya said it would halt military operations and comply with the U.N. resolution after the United Nations authorized a no-fly zone and attacks on forces loyal to Gaddafi.

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