Obama tells Merkel that Gaddafi needs to leave

German Chancellor Angela Merkel with US President Barack Obama in Seoul, November 11, 2010.

From the White HouseReadout of President Obama’s Call with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany

The President spoke today [2/26] with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, as he has done with many of his international counterparts this week, to discuss the situation in Libya and coordinate our urgent efforts to respond to developments and ensure appropriate accountability. The President and the Chancellor shared deep concerns about the Libyan government’s continued violation of human rights and brutalization of its people. The President stated that when a leader’s only means of staying in power is to use mass violence against his own people, he has lost the legitimacy to rule and needs to do what is right for his country by leaving now. The leaders reaffirmed their support for the Libyan people’s demand for universal rights and a government that is responsive to their aspirations, and agreed that Qadhafi’s government must be held accountable. They discussed appropriate and effective ways for the international community to respond. The President welcomed ongoing efforts by our allies and partners, including at the United Nations and by the European Union, to develop and implement strong measures.  The President and the Chancellor also discussed the global economic recovery and the need for effective tools to promote economic stability in the Eurozone.  (photo: Getty)

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