News DeskFebruary 23, 2011 23:14
President Obama broke his silence Wednesday and condemned the crackdown in Libya by defiant leader Muammar Gaddafi. In his first public statement on the violence against anti-government protesters, the president said "the suffering and bloodshed is outrageous and it is unacceptable" and that the Libyan leader will be held accountable.
"Like all governments, the Libyan government has a responsibility to refrain from violence, to allow humanitarian assistance to reach those in need and to respect the rights of its people," Obama said. "It must be held accountable for its failure to meet those responsibilities and face the cost of continued violations of human rights."