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Chairman Kerry Repeats Call For Qadhafi To Leave And Urges Consideration Of A No-Fly Zone Over Libya

Washington, D.C. –During this morning’s foreign affairs budget hearing, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) again called for Colonel Moammar Qadhafi to step down and urged consideration of a no-fly zone over Libya. 

“We have joined with allies in making clear that Col. Qadhafi must go.  He has lost all legitimacy.  We cannot be half way about that goal.  The people of Libya do not ask for or need foreign troops on the ground.  They are committed to doing what is necessary, but they do need the tools to prevent the slaughter of innocents on Libyan Streets and, I believe the global community cannot be on the sidelines while airplanes are allowed to bomb and strafe.  A no fly-zone is not a long-term proposition and we should be ready to implement it as necessary,” said Chairman Kerry.