The UN Security Council has condemned the violent crackdown in Libya by Muammar Gaddafi’s regime.
After meeting in closed session, all 15 council members backed a statement read out by Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, President of the Council:
“The members of the Security Council expressed grave concern at the situation in Libya. They condemned the violence and use of force against civilians, deplored the repression against peaceful demonstrators, and expressed deep regret at the death of hundreds of civilians”.
European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton earlier revealed the EU was taking practical steps and suspending a framework trade agreement it had been negotiating with Libya.
“I want the authorities to listen to the aspirations and demands of their people. I’ve called a meeting of the EU ambassadors to discuss what measures can be taken now,” said Ashton.
In Washington the message was the same. But so far there has not been overt support for the implementation of sanctions like some other countries.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said:
“The United States continues to watch the situation in Libya with alarm. Our thoughts and prayers are with those whose lives have been lost and their loved ones and we join the international community in strongly condemning the violence as we received reports of hundreds killed and many more injured.”
UN Council members also called for those responsible for attacks on civilians to be held to account.