President Obama warned on Friday that Muammar el-Qaddafi must cease violence against civilians or face a U.N.-led military action that would decapitate his regime.
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"These terms are not negotiable," Obama said in an East Room address. "These terms are not subject to negotiation. If Qaddafi does not comply with the resolution, the international community will impose consequences. And the resolution will be enforced through military action."
But Obama also made clear that he would not deploy U.S. ground forces into Libya. Instead, Obama said that the U.S. would be "enabling" Arab and European forces seeking to end the upheaval in Libya.
"We are not going to use force to go beyond a well-defined goal, specifically the protection of civilians in Libya," Obama said. "In the coming weeks we will continue to help the Libyan people with humanitarian and economic assistance so that they can fulfill their aspirations peacefully."