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France: Gadhafi may stay in Libya in cease-fire deal

PARIS — Foreign Minister Alain Juppe of France said Wednesday that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi could remain in Libya as long as he completely gives up power, as part of a larger political deal, including a cease-fire, on the future of the country.

Also, President Nicolas Sarkozy met with rebel leaders from the Libyan port city of Misrata, who were seeking aid and arms for their fight to oust Gadhafi. Sarkozy was publicly noncommittal on the request, but one of the rebels, Suleiman Fortia, said later that France had been helpful "in many domains" and that it could help them get weapons from Arab countries.

White House spokesman Jay Carney did not disagree with Juppe's remarks about Gadhafi. "He needs to remove himself from power — and then it's up to the Libyan people to decide," Carney said when asked about the French position.

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France: Gadhafi may stay in Libya in cease-fire deal 07/20/11 [Last modified: Thursday, July 21, 2011 12:26am]

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