US: Libyan peace plan must see Gaddafi's departure
A Libya peace plan proposed by the African Union must include leader Moamer Gaddafi's eventual departure and a transition to democratic leadership, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday, dpa reported.
"There needs to be a transition that reflects the will of the Libyan people and the departure of Gaddafi from power and from Libya," Clinton said after meeting with Finnish Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb.
AU mediators were in Libya Monday to meet rebel leaders in Benghazi after securing Gaddafi's commitment to the peace plan that includes a ceasefire, although Gaddafi's government has previously continued to fight after declaring ceasefires.
Clinton said Gaddafi's forces must pull back from areas it they have taken by force, and the government must resume water, electricity and other essential services and allow humanitarian assistance to reach those who need it.
"These terms are non-negotiable," she said.
Clinton said the United States was still reviewing the terms of the plan.
"We are waiting to get a full readout from the participants. Obviously we've heard various accounts as to what the proposals were and how they were received," she said.