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EU Agrees to Package of Libya Sanctions

VOA News February 28, 2011

EU officials meeting in Brussels say the 27-nation bloc has agreed to a package of sanctions against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, reinforcing measures adopted by the U.N. Security Council last week.

Officials say the EU sanctions include an arms embargo, asset freeze and visa ban on Gadhafi and members of his inner circle - measures already included in a U.N. Security Council resolution approved on Saturday.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday told a human rights conference in Geneva that Gadhafi must leave immediately. She said the Libyan people should shape their own government. She urged the international community to work together on Libya's next steps and said Washington is keeping many options open to help stop the government crackdown in Libya.

EU officials say they are banning the sale of equipment that could be used by Gadhafi's government to suppress opposition protesters who began an uprising against his 42-year rule earlier this month.

EU foreign ministers and their international counterparts were meeting Monday in Geneva on the sidelines of a U.N. Human Rights Council session to coordinate additional steps against Gadhafi.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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