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All options including military being considered on Libya: US

world Updated: Mar 09, 2011 10:48 IST

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The Obama Administration is considering all options including the implementation of a no-fly zone and possibility of a military intervention in Libya, the White House said on Wednesday.

"We are considering all options, including military options," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters travelling with President Barack Obama.

"The US has already taken significant steps, both unilaterally and with its international partners," he added.

"There are complexities and realities involved in the adoption and implementation of a measure like a no-fly zone that we all need to be aware of as we consider it. It is an option we are actively considering. It is also one that carries with it complexities and other things that everyone needs to be aware of," he said when asked about the possibility of enforcing no-fly zone over Libya.

The United States is currently working with its other international partners on a number of measures, including ones that involve humanitarian assistance, as well as the very serious sanctions that they have leveled.

Obama has made clear that Colonel Gaddafi's time has come, or time has ended, rather, in power, and he needs to step down and step aside for the sake and the benefit of the Libyan people, he said.

"How that comes about should be decided by the Libyan people, but it needs to happen," Carney said.