Call ceasefire and go, Clinton tells Gaddafi

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Call ceasefire and go, Clinton tells Gaddafi

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The United States reiterated on Wednesday that Colonel Muammar Gaddafi must step down after it emerged the Libyan leader had written to President Barack Obama.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter in which Gaddafi had made a personal plea to the president to end the air strikes.

“Our dear son, Excellency, Baraka Hussein Abu oumama (sic), your intervention is the name of the U.S.A. is a must, so that Nato would withdraw finally from the Libyan affair,” the AP quoted the letter as saying.

The White House confirmed it had received a message from Gaddafi but declined to reveal its contents.

His plea comes after the withdrawal of US war planes from frontline missions in the coalition air operation over Libya.

In Washington, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton outlined what Gaddafi must do to end the bombing.

“I think that Mr. Gaddafi knows what he must do, there needs to be a cease-fire, his forces need to withdraw from the cities that they have forcibly taken at great violence and human cost. There needs to be a decision made about his departure from power,” Clinton told reporters.

Meanwhile, Obama administration envoy Chris Stevens has held talks with the Libyan opposition as the US considers offering more help to the rebels looking to topple Gaddafi.