Hillary Clinton: Gadhafi Broaching Possible Exit

Libyan leader's closest aides proposing a 'transition'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 9, 2011 2:02 PM CDT
U.S. Secretary of States, Hillary Clinton, center, talks to Jordan's Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, left, during the third meeting of Contact Group on Libya in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Thursday...   (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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(Newser) – Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says she is aware of "numerous and continuing" overtures by people close to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to negotiate his departure from power. Proposals from "people close to Gadhafi" presented to unspecified countries include the "potential for a transition," Clinton told a press conference following talks on Libya in the United Arab Emirates. But she could not predict if those proposals would be accepted. She did, however, stress that she believed Gadhafi's decades-long rule is nearing an end.

Her comments came in response to a question about whether she could confirm that Gadhafi loyalists were seeking a way for him to go into exile in an African country.

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