President Obama has spoken from his holiday location to praise what he called the “unbreakable” courage of Libyans.
He urged rebels not to seek justice through violent reprisals, but his main message was for Colonel Gaddafi:
“As the regime collapses there is still fierce fighting in some areas, and we have reports of regime elements threatening to continue fighting. Although it’s clear that Gaddafi’s rule is over, he still has the opportunity to reduce further bloodshed by explicitly relinquishing power to the people of Libya, in calling for those forces that continue to fight, to lay down their arms for the sake of Libya.”
Obama said the future of Libya was in the hands of its people:
“Your revolution is your own, and your sacrifices have been extraordinary. Now the Libya that you deserve is within your reach. Going forward we will stay in close coordination with the TNC (the opposition Transitional National Council) to support that outcome.”
The president added that American support for Libya would include humanitarian assistance.