28 Feb, 2011
World leaders' plea for Gaddafi
Leaders of countries from all-over the globe are demanding Muammer
Gaddafi to step down as Libya's leader, amid global intensifying
efforts to end the country's bloodshed.
As the fights escalate near the Libyan capital, Tripoli, German
chancellor Angela Merkel said that it is "high time" for Colonel
Gaddafi to depart, and called for new UN Security Council sanctions
as a sign of international resolve. Merkel's call was echoed by US
President Barack Obama, as well as UK Prime Minister David Cameron
citing Col Gaddafi should "go now", and adding that "There is no
future for a Libya that includes him".
En route to meetings with other foreign ministers at the UN Human
Rights Council in the Swiss city of Geneva, US secretary of state
Hillary Clinton said, "We are just at the beginning of what will
follow Gaddafi", but first we have to see the end of his regime
with no further violence and bloodshed, she added.
However, John McCain, the former Republican presidential candidate,
called for Washington to do more, including setting up a no-fly
zone. He warned that the repercussions of the Middle East
revolution are costing hundreds of lives, as well as a global
economic impact, as the world showcased a staggering high of crude
oil price to nearly $120 a barrel last week. "The question is how
many people are going to be massacred between now and when he
leaves?", he said.
Moreover, the US and its allies shared a unanimous vote on Libya,
which Ms Merkel hailed as "a clear signal to Gaddafi and other
despots, that human rights violations will not go unpunished". The
vote ordered all UN member states to freeze the assets of the
Libyan leader, his daughter and four of his sons. His
children and another 10 key members of the regime are banned from
travelling outside the country.
After 11 hours of negotiations on Saturday the council referred the
crisis in Libya to the prosecutor of the International Criminal
In addition, the European Union is also expected to approve its own
measures later today, which would take effect midweek.