President Obama received a letter from Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi asking him to end "unjust" air strikes against his forces, the White House acknowledged Wednesday.

White House press secretary Jay Carney confirmed an Associated Press report that Gadhafi sent the president a three-page letter in which he asks him to end the United State's "unjust war against a small people of a developing country."

"You are a man who has enough courage to annul a wrong and mistaken action," Gadhafi wrote in the letter, addressed to the State Department. "I am sure that you are able to shoulder the responsibility for that."

President Obama in a prime-time speech last week laid out his case for the NATO-led intervention against Gadhafi's forces, which are attempting to suppress a violent rebellion.

During a press gaggle aboard Air Force One, Carney said that "words are different than actions," adding that the U.S. would only take Gadhafi seriously if there is a, "cessation of violence" and a "withdrawal from the cities and the menacing sort of positions that the Gadhafi forces had taken."