Obama: Old Libya regime is over

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US PRES­I­DENT Barack Obama has called on Libya’s pro-Gaddafi fight­ers to lay down their weapons and recog­nise “the old regime is over”.

In a speech at the UN head­quar­ters in New York he said: “So long as the Libyan peo­ple are be­ing threat­ened, the Nato-led mis­sion to pro­tect them will con­tinue.

“Those still hold­ing out must un­der­stand the old regime is over, and it is time to lay down your arms and join the new Libya.”

Mr Obama said the US am­bas­sador would re­turn to Tripoli, adding: “This week, the Amer­i­can flag that was low­ered be­fore our em­bassy was at­tacked will be raised again.”

His com­ments fol­lowed an­other day of heavy fight­ing in Libya yes­ter­day, where op­po­si­tion forces claim to have cap­tured key sites in one of Muam­mar Gaddafi’s last strongholds.

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