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March 18, 2011

No-fly zone could be canceled if Libya pulls back forces

CNN - Even as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the ultimate goal for the U.S. was to see Libya's president cede power, a senior administration official says the U.N.-mandated no-fly zone and military action to support it would not necessarily last until Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi steps down. The purpose of the no-fly zone, the administration official said, is to prevent Gadhafi from attacking his own people.

After faltering in its response to uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, France emerged as a surprisingly robust diplomatic force in dealing with the Libya crisis – even if President Nicolas Sarkozy’s approach has left some people scratching their heads.



French President Nicolas Sarkozy was the most vocal advocate of a no-fly zone over Libya, and France was the first Western power to recognise the Libyan opposition. Friday morning, in the wake of a UN resolution authorising “all necessary measures” to protect Libyan civilians from attacks by Gaddafi’s forces, French authorities were saying military action could be imminent.

French and British planes could be sent to fly over Libya before Paris talks on Saturday as a political message to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi

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