US to Impose Unilateral Sanctions against Libya
The White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced on Friday that the United States will move for “unilateral” sanctions against Libya. He said that these would involve cutting off the limited military cooperation with Libya and freezing the assets of Gaddafi and his four children that are held in the US.
Carney also confirmed US embassy operations have been suspended following the evacuation of the last US embassy personnel from the strife torn country. The US sanction is the “first step” to pressure the Gaddafi regime to “stop killing its own people”. He believes that Gaddafi has lost his legitimacy to rule his people.
This is not all. The United States is in tandem with European partners to impose additional sanctions and other multilateral actions against the current Libyan regime. The United States, also, “strongly supports” a U.N. Human Rights Council resolution that was passed on Friday condemning the human rights abuses. While calling for an international inquiry the US recommends suspending Libya the council.
President Obama briefed world leaders on U.S. plans. The President Obama spoke with leaders from the United Kingdom, France, and Italy on Thursday. He spoke with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on Friday and talked on measures to fix accountability on the Libyan government for its “unacceptable” violence on its people.
The US embassy was closed down sine die, after evacuating its personnel but can resume operations when normalcy returns. The evacuation would not have been a smooth affair, if not for the Libyan security forces that facilitated the operation, for which the US officials have been grateful.
The US Treasury Department, following the Swiss government’s move to block all Gaddafi’s assets in Switzerland, have advised all US financial institutions to exercise caution on the private accounts held by or on behalf of the Libyan politicians.