French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Wednesday urged the European Union to rapidly adopt sanctions against Libya and bring those responsible for killing civilians to justice.
Sarkozy told a Cabinet meeting that he would like to see the EU examine measures that would lead to “a suspension until further notice of economic, commercial and financial relations with Libya,” the President’s Office said in a statement.
French officials attending the meeting said that the President was eager to have the EU speedily implement punitive measures and that the Foreign Ministry here would put forward a proposal in that direction.
“I call on the Foreign Ministry to propose to our European Union partners the speedy adoption of concrete sanctions in order that those involved in the ongoing violence know that they must take the consequences of their actions,” the French President said.
The sanctions would contain measures that aim to bring to justice those involved in violence against Libyan and other civilians. They would also aim prevent entry into the EU of anyone found to have been involved in the repression and would freeze assets belonging to these people.