“We want to do what we can to protect innocent Libyans against the marauders let loose by the Kadhafi regime,” Clinton said in an interview with CBS television while on a visit to Libya’s eastern neighbour Cairo.
“And yes, time is fast upon us. There is an urgency to it.”
Clinton stopped short of explicitly backing a no-fly zone, saying only that it was one of a number of options under consideration to protect Libyan civilians.
But she said that a statement issued by the Arab League on Saturday endorsing action against one of its own member governments, up to and including a no-fly zone, had had a major impact on the views of the major powers on the UN Security Council.
“I think that there was a sea change in opinion when the Arab League issued its statement on Saturday,” she said.
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