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Exile an Option for Gadhafi, White House Says

Monday, 28 Feb 2011 02:52 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Going into exile would be one way for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to meet international demands that he leave power, the White House said Monday.

After days of violent unrest in Libya, President Barack Obama said on Saturday it was time for Gadhafi to leave, but he did not spell out how he envisioned that happening.

"Exile is certainly one option for him," White House spokesman Jay Carney said Monday.

Carney would not discuss whether the United States would help facilitate such an exile.

At a news briefing, Carney also said the United States and its allies are in talks on whether to create a no-fly zone over Libya.

He also said the United States was in contact with opposition groups in the country.

"We are actively reaching out to ... those in Libya who are working to bring about a government that respects the rights and meets the aspirations of the Libyan people," he said.

"It's premature to make decisions about recognizing one group or the other," he said.

Carney said Washington had a variety of ways to contact groups in Libya through diplomats, non-governmental organizations and the business community.

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