UN Security Council unanimously condemns regime but visiting journalists told ‘fireworks not shooting’
“As the Libyan people take their destiny into their hands, as is their right, I hope that the new future for which they yearn, peaceful, prosperous and democratic, will soon be theirs”.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, yesterday 26 February 2011
In its Resolution 1970 taken yesterday, the UN Security Council obligated all United Nations Member States to “freeze without delay all funds, other financial assets and economic resources which are on their territories, which are owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by the individuals or entities” listed in resolution.
The Council imposed a travel ban on Gheddafy, some members of his family and other relatives, as well as senior elements of the administration.
The arms embargo clause of the resolution instructs all Member States to “immediately take the necessary measures to prevent the direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer to the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, from or through their territories or by their nationals, or using their flag vessels or aircraft, of arms and related material of all types, including weapons and ammunition”.
Although the Council recognized that Libya is not party to the Rome Statute that created the International Criminal Court (ICC), it nevertheless directed Libyan authorities to cooperate fully with the ICC in its investigations of the situation in Libya since 15 February 2011. (http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=37633&Cr=Libya&Cr1=)
Meanwhile, Sejf al-Islam told foreign journalists visiting Libya on a regime sponsored visit: “Everything is calm, if you hear fireworks don’t mistake it for shooting” (http://www.tripolipost.com/articledetail.asp?c=1&i=5479)
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