EU states have informally agreed on a first series of sanctions to be taken against the Gaddafi regime, EU sources told timesofmalta.com .
These sanctions, which include an arms embargo, freezing of assets and travel bans on Libyan officials, including Colonel Gaddafi and his close aides, are expected to be legally formalised by Tuesday.
A Commission said that an agreement was reached by all 27 member states, including Malta, this afternoon.
“Malta, Italy and Cyprus were at first hesitant on the ‘rapidity’ of imposing these sanctions but have also come on board,” the official said.
These sanctions, the first from the international community, are expected to put more pressure on Colonel Gaddafi to stand down.
Meanwhile, the UN Security Council in New York is this evening expected to discuss a draft resolution proposed by the UK and France, both EU member states, with a package of measures aimed at isolating Libya's political and military leaders.
Elements could include targeted sanctions, an arms embargo, and a proposed referral of the situation in Libya to the ICC (International Criminal Court).
The UN meeting will start at 9 p.m. local time.
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