Today the European Union adopted sanctions against the Libyan leadership. The sanctions provide for the freezing of assets and travel bans for members of the Libyan leadership, including Muammar Gaddafi. They also include a weapons embargo as well as an embargo on goods that could be used for purposes of repression.
Commenting on this development, Federal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle issued the following statement in Geneva today (28 February):
“I welcome the sanctions that the EU imposed on the Libyan leadership today. This decision provides the needed clear response to the violence in our immediate neighbourhood, and it is a decision that we worked actively to help bring about.
The international community as a whole is sending Libya an unmistakeable message: Whoever inflicts terror on his people forfeits his legitimacy and will be held accountable.”