[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
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.FULL STORY