International calls for action against the Libyan government are intensifying.
Meeting in Hungary European Union defence ministers and NATO’s Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen have been discussing the crisis.
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton laid out some of the options.
“We have been looking at the possibility of restrictive measures to try and put as much pressure as possible to stop the violence in Libya and to see the country move forward,” she told a news conference. “And again, the range of different issues we are examining — travel bans, asset freezes, other measures — which will be in discussion, as I say, with New York as well as discussing amongst the 27.”
More than 3,000 EU citizens are still trapped in Libya. Their safe repatriation remains a priority.