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Germany and UK to cooperate on pressuring Qaddafi clan

The Local · 26 Feb 2011, 13:34

Published: 26 Feb 2011 13:34 GMT+01:00

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Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron agreed during a telephone call on the need for urgent United Nations sanctions, the German government's deputy spokesman, Christoph Steegmans, said in a statement.

The two leaders believe "the United Nations Security Council must adopt severe sanctions as quickly as possible against the regime in Tripoli," he said, adding that the two leaders also agreed on the need for European Union sanctions.

The UN Security Council is set to meet again on Saturday to consider a sanctions resolution against Libyan ruler Muammar Qaddafi in a bid to halt his bloody crackdown against opposition protesters.

Britain, France, Germany and the United States have drawn up a resolution which says the attacks on civilians could amount to crimes against humanity.

It calls for an arms embargo and a travel ban and assets freeze against Qaddafi and his entourage.

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Thousands of foreigners are doing their best to get out of Libya, for fear of escalating violence, while Qaddafi is said to be arming civilian supporters, having lost control of much of the country.


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Your comments about this article

14:59 February 26, 2011 by Frenemy
Sanctions?! Oh please! When have sanctions ever achieved anything other than harming the civilian population of the target country???
16:05 February 26, 2011 by catjones
Another Bosnia in the works while the EU tries to figure out how to get the US to solve this problem and then suffer the blame.
08:50 February 27, 2011 by storymann
No need to worry about that,,England and Germany will bring Qaddafi to his knees..
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