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Clinton: Libyan rebels must secure Gadhafi weapons
Clinton urges Libyan rebels to secure Gadhafi WMD, protect human rights
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is urging Libya's rebels to secure weapons amassed by leader Moammar Gadhafi (MOO'-ah-mar gah-DAH'-fee) and ensure they aren't used to threaten the country's neighbors or the rest of the world.

At an international conference to boost backing for the opposition, Clinton said Thursday it was imperative that Libya's new leaders ensure that Gadhafi-era stockpiles, including of mustard agent and shoulder-fired anti-aircraft devices, are safe. She also called on the opposition to protect the rights of all Libyans, particularly women and minorities.

In addition, Clinton appealed for the world to step up support for the rebels who are close to toppling Gadhafi's 42-year regime. She said the U.N. should allow countries to release frozen assets to the National Transitional Council and recognize the group.

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