US President Barack Obama on Monday said NATO is considering a number of options to stop the violence in Libya, including military action.
American aircraft carriers are currently stationed off the Libyan coast and Obama warned Colonel Muammar Gaddafi that the international community could still intervene to stop the bloodshed.
He spoke at the White House after meeting Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
“I want to send a very clear message to those who are around Colonel Gaddafi. It is their choice to make how they operate moving forward. And they will be held accountable for whatever violence continues to take place,” said Obama.
Earlier in Brussels, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said world leaders would not stand “idly by” if the Libyan regime continues the violence against its own people.
But Turkey, which has the second largest NATO army, opposes a military strike on Libya.
Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said a NATO intervention was “out of the question” and that Ankara wants a peaceful solution to the crisis.