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Clinton Wants International Decision on Libya No-Fly Zone

March 8 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she wants the “international community” to support a no-fly zone before it’s imposed on Libya and that a decision should be taken by the United Nations and not the U.S.

“The people of Libya have to be supported,” Clinton said. “We would like to see this resolved peacefully” and for Libya’s leader Muammar Qaddafi to leave, Clinton said, “but if that’s not possible we’re going to work with the international community,” Clinton told Sky News in an interview today.

“Yesterday, the Gulf countries said that they would support a no-fly zone. The Arab League said they would not object to a no-fly zone,” Clinton said. Asked if the U.S. supported it, she said, “Well, we want to see the international community support it.”

“We think it’s important that the United Nations make this decision, not the United States. And so far, the United Nations has not done that,” she said, according to a transcript of the interview released by the State Department.

State Department spokesman Philip J. Crowley said after the interview that Clinton was not arguing in favor of a no-fly zone at this point. The U.S. is trying to determine with its partners on the best approach for Libya and will want international support before taking action, he said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Blanche Gatt in London at bgatt@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Ben Livesey at blivesey@bloomberg.net

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