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Germany proposes 60-day freeze on payments to Libya

The Local · 28 Feb 2011, 15:01

Published: 28 Feb 2011 15:01 GMT+01:00

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"We must do all we can to end this killing, for example by not allowing the dictator fresh money to hire foreign soldiers," Westerwelle told journalists during a special meeting of the UN Human Rights Council.

"We are working to cut financial flows," Westerwelle said following talks with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, British Foreign Secretary William Hague, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini and French European Affairs Minister Laurent Wauquiez.

"The latest idea under discussion is to freeze all payments to Libya for 60 days," he said.

Germany, France and Italy are the main importers of oil from Libya.

Westerwelle welcomed what he called "the unity of the international community" in backing "clear, concrete and strong sanctions."

Speaking later at the Human Rights Council, the German foreign minister said he expected the EU to agree on "robust sanctions."

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"These sanctions are not directed against the people of Libya. Any sanctions will only be levelled at those responsible for the violence. And sanctions will strike hard at those who are responsible," he pledged.

EU diplomatic chief Catherine Ashton said European Union countries would meet later Monday to implement sanctions against Tripoli.


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Your comments about this article

18:28 February 28, 2011 by wenddiver
No blood for oil, or payment for the oil we alredy took??? Amazing how pushy certain European countries are getting when it's their oil supply the dictator is threatening to mess with. What happened to the moral outrage against neo-colonialism. Why all the military aircaft and ships speeding south to pick up citizens. This would be better done with civilian ships.
20:00 February 28, 2011 by Frenemy
The Steyr AUG is an interesting weapon of choice for the Libyans (if the picture is relevant to the article). I guess I kinda figured them more for AK or G3 wielding types of guys...
21:30 February 28, 2011 by unclesean
He wont miss it....he's sitting on Billions, probably on a flight to Venezuela or France as we speak....Ghaddaffi, a true war criminal.

13:58 March 1, 2011 by idiot
> Why all the military aircaft and ships speeding south to pick up citizens. This would be better done with civilian ships.

No, since civilian ships arent allowed to board on any coast part. Further, mil. ships are already there and with it the whole infrastructur to rescue this ppl. Also, it doesnt matter if the ship is part of the army or not, what matters are the ppl there.
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