February 28th, 2011
09:12 AM ET
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."