U.N. security panel votes to impose more sanctions against Libya
The United Nations Security Council votes Saturday on a resolution that includes an arms embargo against Libya.
February 26th, 2011
08:52 PM ET

U.N. security panel votes to impose more sanctions against Libya

[UPDATED 8:52 p.m. ET] The United Nations Security Council unanimously approved a draft resolution Saturday to impose sanctions against Libya amid Moammar Gadhafi's escalating crackdown on anti-government protesters.

The draft includes an arms embargo, asset freeze and travel bans for Gadhafi and several of his associates. The resolution also refers the situation unfolding in Libya to the International Criminal Court.

"This is clear warning to the Libyan government that it must stop the killing. Those who slaughter civilians will be held personally accountable,"
Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said after the
vote.

One point of contention revolved around language that referred to adopting "all necessary measures to enable the return to Libya of humanitarian agencies and to secure the prompt and safe delivery of humanitarian assistance to those in need."

[POSTED 2:30 a.m. ET] A U.N. security panel is scheduled to meet Saturday to discuss new sanctions against Libya amid escalating attacks on anti-government protesters in the north African country.

The resolution draft includes an arms embargo, asset freeze and a travel ban. It also refers Libya to the International Criminal Court.

U.N. secretary general Ban Ki-moon urged the council to come up with immediate actions against Libyan President Moammar Gadhafi.

"In these circumstances, the loss of time means more loss of lives," Ban told the 15-member body Friday. Ban said estimates put the death toll at more than 1,000.

The International Criminal Court has said it can only investigate alleged crimes in the nation if Libyan authorities accept its jurisdiction or the security council refers the situation to the court.

Unless either decision is taken, it cannot investigate because Libya is not a state party to the court, said prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo.

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  1. RuffNutt

    You sure got that one right,Phunnie boy !!!!!!!!!!

    February 26, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. John

    Ooohh yeah! I burned him! Any young boys wanna play sword fights? I am named after a saint after all. ;) Looking for catchers on our church baseball team too. I'm pitching of course.

    February 26, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. MasterOfDisguise

    Turtle Turtle!

    February 26, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. AWMessenger

    Sanctions! I'm sure the families of those who perished by the hands of this dictator are really happy to know that the UN is giving him a bad grade in the way of SANCTIONS. OOOOO look out! Those are terrible!

    February 26, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joe

    Sanctions on who. Libya is not a country anymore. The people are fighting for their lives, and Ghadafi is fighting for his. What the Libyan people need is a military intervention by the US and other European countries to take Tripoli from Ghadafi, the anti Ghadafi demonstrators will not be able to take Tripoli without very heavy loses, that if they do. Sanctions are maybe good if there is a government, Libya don't have one, it is in a civil war.

    February 26, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Sanctions on Mo. Maybe that's how it will end. Killed by his mercenaries when the check doesn't clear lol

      February 27, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. GadhafisInnerChild

    I will just feed my loyal subjects and starve the others. A slap on the wrist would do more harm.

    February 26, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. GeorgePThomas

    Imperialism’s interest in Libya is not hard to find. Bloomberg.com wrote on Feb. 22 that while Libya is Africa’s third-largest producer of oil, it has the continent’s largest proven reserves – 44.3 billion barrels. It is a country with a relatively small population but the potential to produce huge profits for the giant oil companies. That’s how the super-rich look at it, and that’s what underlies their professed concern for the people’s democratic rights in Libya.

    Libya and Imperialism
    http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=23364

    February 26, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. GeorgePThomas

    "Those who with perfidious intentions invented the lie that Gaddafi was headed for Venezuela, just as they did yesterday afternoon on Sunday the 20th of February, today received an fitting response from Foreign Affairs Minister Nicolás Maduro when he literally stated that he was “wishing that the Libyan people would find, in the exercise of their sovereignty, a peaceful solution to their difficulties, that would preserve the integrity of the Libyan people and nation, without the interference of imperialism...”

    As for me, I cannot imagine that the Libyan leader would abandon his country; escaping the responsibilities he is charged with, whether or not they are partially or totally false.

    An honest person shall always be against any injustice being committed against any people in the world, and the worst of all, at this moment, would be to remain silent in the face of the crime that NATO is getting ready to commit against the Libyan people.

    The leadership of that war-mongering organization has to do it. We must condemn it!"

    Fidel Castro Ruz
    February 21, 2011
    10:14 p.m.

    February 26, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sylvester

    Big oil wins again.

    February 26, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy

    RUFFNUTT:

    Oooh, Mad Dog 20-20! Don't forget the TJ Swan's Easy Nights or the Boone's Farm Strawberry Hill to go with our....Cali meds! :)

    February 26, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Boone's farm? I remember chiks likin that in high school. I'm getting the feeling i'm really, REALLY old compared to some here. Back from 'written word' days.. Doesn't seem so long ago.

      February 27, 2011 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  11. ed bailey

    Maybe they can ask the whacko not to blow up any more planes with nice people in them!I have a plan for mecca.boys will be boys!

    February 27, 2011 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
  12. L64

    Aww leeintulsa! I remember written word!

    February 27, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  13. L64

    U arent old leeintulsa. I remember those days too, and l refuse to be old!

    February 27, 2011 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  14. L64

    Lol sounds quite possible!

    February 27, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  15. RUFFNUTT

    you might be old if you know what a foot-feed is... or a term for..

    February 27, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
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