US: Up to Libyans whether Gadhafi can live there

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Posted: Jul 20, 2011 1:24 PM
US: Up to Libyans whether Gadhafi can live there

The White House says it is up to the Libyan people to decide whether longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi can stay in Libya if he steps down from power.

White House spokesman Jay Carney says the U.S. continues to believe that Gadhafi has lost legitimacy and needs to give up power. But he says the U.S. will not make a determination about where Gadhafi should go if that happens.

Carney's comments come as France's foreign minister suggested a possible way to end the conflict in Libya would be to allow Gadhafi to stay in his country if he steps down. Gadhafi insists he will neither step down nor flee the country he has led for four decades.