Federal Minister Westerwelle welcomes the tougher EU sanctions against Libya
The EU Council agreed today in a written procedure to extend the sanctions against Libya. The ports of Tripoli, Zuara, Zawiyah, Al-Khoms, Ras Lanuf and Brega, all of which are under the control of the Gaddafi regime, are listed. These ports are closed to EU deliveries and exports to the European Union. The supply of humanitarian goods is not affected.
Federal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle issued the following statement today (7 June) on the decision made in Brussels:
“I welcome the renewed tightening of sanctions against the Gaddafi regime. The listing of six Libyan ports still controlled by the regime will further restrict the supply routes for the dictator’s machinery of repression.
Colonel Gaddafi’s international isolation and the increasing erosion of his power base show that the quest for a political solution has to be intensified. The time is up for the dictator. He now has to finally step down so that people in Libya can have a brighter future.”
The European Union has now imposed a total of seven rounds of sanctions against the Gaddafi regime. Among other things, it has in effect placed an embargo on oil and gas.