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Obama warns Khaddafy

President Barack Obama warned Libya's Moammar Khaddafy to stop attacking his people or the United States and it's allies will be forced to take military action.


President Barack Obama makes a statement on Libya, March 18th, at the White House.

"Let me be clear, these terms are not negotiable; these terms are not subject to negotiation," Obama said Friday at the White House. "If Khaddafy does not comply, the international community will impose consequences, and the resolution will be enforced through military action."

This statement comes just a day after the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 1973 authorizing military action and a "no-fly zone" over Libya.

Khaddafy's government announced a cease-fire early Friday but reports suggest assaults are continuing despite warnings from the United States.

The exact role the US would play if the international community was forced to take action was not made totally clear by Obama but he did state what he would not do.

"The United States is not going to deploy ground troops into Libya.  And we are not going to use force to go beyond a well-defined goal," the President said. "Our goal is focused, our cause is just, and our coalition is strong."

Obama also announced that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will go to Paris Saturday to meet with allies about the situation in Libya.