March 19th, 2011
02:53 PM ET

Obama: 'People of Libya must be protected'

BRASILIA, Brazil - In Brasilia, Brazil, President Obama spoke about the United States joining an international coalition to enforce UN Security Council resolutions in Libya:

"I want to briefly mention the situation in Libya, because this is something that I’ve discussed with the President.  Yesterday, the international community demanded an immediate cease-fire in Libya, including an end to all attacks against civilians.  Today Secretary Clinton joined an international coalition of our European and Arab partners in Paris to discuss how we will enforce U.S. Security Council Resolution 1973.

Our consensus was strong and our resolve is clear:  The people of Libya must be protected.  And in the absence of an immediate end to the violence against civilians, our coalition is prepared to act, and act with urgency.  And I am briefing President Rousseff on the steps that we are taking."

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