March 3rd, 2011
03:45 PM ET
By Tom Cohen, CNN
WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama said Thursday he authorized the use of U.S. military and civilian aircraft to help return to Egypt those Egyptian citizens who have fled to Tunisia to escape unrest in neighboring Libya.
At a joint news conference with visiting Mexican President Felipe Calderon, Obama said the United States is examining a "full range of options" in the Libyan crisis.
For the first time since the Libyan crisis began, Obama cited Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi by name in a public statement, saying, "The violence must stop. Moammar Gadhafi has lost legitimacy to lead, and he must leave. Those who perpetrate violence against the Libyan people will be held accountable, and the aspirations of the Libyan people for freedom, democracy and dignity must be met."
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