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Situation in Libya

Published on February 24, 2011
Statement issued by President Sarkozy at the Council of Ministers meeting

Paris, February 23, 2011

The continuing brutal and bloody crackdown against Libyan civilians is horrifying. France and the French people are following these events with shock and compassion. Such use of force against one’s own people is contemptible.

The UN Security Council and Secretary-General, the League of Arab States, the Organization of the Islamic Conference and almost all States in the world have denounced these unacceptable actions.

France again calls for an immediate end to the violence in Libya and urges the leaders of that country to immediately engage in political dialogue to put an end to the ongoing tragedy.

The international community cannot stand by in the face of these massive human rights violations.

I am asking the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs to propose to our European Union partners that we swiftly adopt concrete sanctions to ensure that all those involved in the ongoing violence are aware they must accept the consequences of their actions. These measures relate, among other things, to the possibility of bringing them to justice, prohibiting access to EU territory and monitoring financial transactions.

In addition, I would like us to consider suspending economic, commercial and financial relations with Libya until further notice./.

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