Friday, 25 February 2011

World leaders seek action against Qadhafi over crackdown

world_leadersWorld leaders studied punitive measures to take against Moamer Qadhafi on Thursday as the Libyan strongman’s crackdown against opponents grew more desperate. The UN Security Council will meet again Friday to discuss the crisis and USPresident Barack Obama has already discussed possible measures with France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy and the British and Italian Prime ministers David Cameron and Silvio Berlusconi. Diplomats said they are studying a possible no-fly zone over Libya, as well as a travel ban and assets freeze against the Qadhafi family amid mounting concern over the growing death toll.
“All options are on the table. We are not ruling anything out,” a Western diplomat said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The 15-nation council is determined to show international anger after Qadhafi rejected calls from Obama, other heads of state and the Security Council itself for a halt to the violence, diplomats said.

But they noted that sanctions are unlikely to be announced or agreed by Friday’s meeting, when UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will address UN envoys.

Ban has already expressed outrage over Qadhafi’s actions and warned of international action against those responsible for the violence.

Obama and Sarkozy, who spoke by phone, renewed their call for an end to the “continuing brutal and bloody repression and to the threatening statements of the Libyan leadership,” the French presidency said.

“The two presidents reiterated their demand for an immediate halt to the use of force against the civilian population.”

In a separate conversation, Obama and the British prime minister promised to “coordinate on possible multilateral measures on Libya,” Cameron’s office said in a statement.

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