February 28th, 2011
09:12 AM ET

United States to push for tough sanctions against Libya

WASHINGTON (CNN)–Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Geneva, Switzerland Monday to meet with European Union foreign ministers.  Clinton is expected to press them to approve tough sanctions on Libya in response to its crackdown on an anti-government protesters.

Clinton will address the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva ans later hold a press conference.

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi seemed increasingly cornered as security forces defected to the opposition in a town near the capital and the United Nations Security Council voted for tough restrictions and possible war crimes charges against the Libyan regime.

On Sunday, Gadhafi criticized the Security Council resolution, passed over the weekend, telling private Serbian station Pink TV by phone that council members "took a decision based on media reports that are based abroad." He added, "If the Security Council wants to know about something, they should have sent a fact-finding committee."

The Security Council measures - which include an arms embargo, asset freeze and travel bans for Gadhafi and members of his family and associates - also refer the situation unfolding in Libya to the International Criminal Court.

Secretary Clinton said the Security Council measures form "one of the speediest international responses to a government targeting its own people."

"We recognize the killings are ongoing," Clinton told reporters en route to a meeting of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Switzerland. "We recognize we need to advance the humanitarian, the military, judicial, and even forensic planning already under way."

Topics: Hillary Clinton • Libya • Uncategorized

soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. chris

    b/c sanctions really do a whole heck of alot...............they just hurt the people attempting to liberate themselves!!!

    February 28, 2011 at 11:58 am |
  2. JohnA.Evans3rd

    Mohmar's people should have revolted a long time ago it's best that he and his family get out of Libya as soon ar he can " or they will kill him -Basically just waiting to see a Gadahfi funeral procesion on CNN"

    February 28, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
  3. Carol

    WHAT A SHAME THIS IS GOING ON IN LIBYA!!, At least Ghadifi&his son have stepped down, THANK GOD!!! And with Obama's help....my feeling is he is a very compassionate, but firm man and I'm proud to say he is OUR PRESIDENT!!! ON another note, I wish these birthers woul knock it off about him not being born as a United States citizen......GIVE IT UP....and move on!!!!

    February 28, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
  4. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Carol; I agree. I'm also proud of PRESIDENT OBAMAS' accomplishments in the nation and the world. I think he's right in his efforts to rehabilitate us, and is handling the events in the world as a PRESIDENT of THE UNITED STATES should. He has the foresight and good sense not to overstep his boundaries without the WORLDS' UN inclusion. Had he went sending artillery or troops to any of these events without the authorization of the UN, these same complaining bloggers would've been STILL denouncing his actions!

    March 1, 2011 at 8:38 am |