The European Union looks set to prepare a raft of sanctions against Libya following Muammar’s Gaddafi’s violent suppression of anti-government protests.
The measures under discussion include travel restrictions, an arms embargo and asset freezes.
EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso said:
“It is intolerable to see the army using force against civilians like we have been seeing the last days. This is simply intolerable and so I think we have to demand from the Libyan authorities very clearly that they stop violence.”
US President Obama condemned events in Libya:
“Like all governments the Libyan has the responsibility to refrain from violence, to allow humanitarian assistance to reach those in need and respect the rights of its people. It must be held accountable for its failure to meet those responsibilities and face the cost of continued violations of human rights.”
The US said it was coordinating further steps with allies in the international community and sanctions were on the menu.