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article imageUS closes embassy in Libya, announces sanctions

By Leo Reyes     Feb 25, 2011 in Politics
The United States has announced its closure of the Libyan Embassy in Tripoli and ordered its personnel to leave but warned Libya its intelligence units are monitoring events in the country for atrocities committed against the people.
Likewise a unilateral and multilateral sanctions are being imposed on Libya which are intended to punish the regime for its violent attack on the protesters who are mostly unarmed.
White House spokesman Jay Karney said Kadhafi had "lost the confidence" of his people, but stopped short of saying that he should go, saying it was up to the Libyans to decide his fate.
The State Department said that Washington has "temporarily" withdrawn US diplomatic personnel "given current security conditions in Libya, coupled with our inability to guarantee fully the safety and security of our diplomatic personnel in the country."
The embassy in Tripoli "has been shuttered," Carney said.
Skynews reports, In Geneva, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) resolved to call for an independent international inquiry into abuses perpetrated by the Libyan government and to call on the UN General Assembly to consider suspending Libya from its seat on the HRC.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon demanded an end to the violence and said an international consensus was building to take action following reports of attacks on protesters and innocent civilians, including women and children.
The entire Libyan mission in Geneva has also quit in a public session, with the envoy telling the UN rights body that the diplomatic mission now served the Libyan people and their will.
"It is time for the UN Security Council to consider concrete action," he said.
"Let us be mindful of the urgency of the moment... the loss of time (will mean) the loss of life."
In the aftermath of sustained violent attacks on helpless protesters, Libya's diplomatic officials in different parts of the world have either resigned their posts or opted not to support the regime and called on the Libyan strongman to step down and spare the people of atrocities being committed by forces loyal to the regime.
Meanwhile, Gadhaffi's son, Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, tried to minimize the extent of fighting with rebels, and said he expected negotiated ceasefires in two flash point cities within a day.
Saif also said negotiations are underway to end the crises and that the rebels who wish to surrender will not be harmed. He also denied the government has used mercenaries and troops to bomb or attack the protesters.
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