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UNSC drafts Libya sanctions resolution
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A UN Security Council draft resolution has been circulated among the council' members proposing the council to condemn Gaddafi regime's attacks against Libyan civilians as crimes against humanity.
A UN Security Council draft resolution urging sanctions on the Libyan regime for its bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters has been circulated among the council's members.

The six-page draft resolution warns that the targeted and systematic attacks against Libyan civilians may be tantamount to crimes against humanity, and calls on all members of the UN Security Council to take "concrete action" to protect civilians, the Associated Press reported on Saturday.

The draft resolution also contains a proposal to introduce an arms embargo against the North African country and freeze of the assets of 23 of Libya's senior government officials, as well as place travel bans on them as part of efforts to crank up pressure on the Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi to halt heavy-handed clampdowns on peaceful demonstrators.

Even though the council has not directly named Gaddafi in its package of proposed sanctions, an annex to it listed Libyan leader along with his children, cronies and top security and military officials as those who are widely expected to be slapped with sanctions.

In addition, the draft calls on the Libyan authorities to desist from violence immediately, and further stipulates that those responsible for crimes in the country would face prosecution by the International Criminal Court in the Hague.

The move comes after UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday demanded decisive action by the US Security Council and warned that any delay in responding to the bloody crackdown in Libya would add to the growing death toll, which is estimated at more than 1,000.

Ban is scheduled to travel to Washington on Monday to discuss the Libyan crisis with US President Barack Obama, who has levied unilateral sanctions on the Libyan regime and suspended operations at its embassy in Tripoli.

In a separate move, The European Union on Friday agreed to slap an arms embargo, assets freezes and travel bans on the Libyan regime.

Meanwhile, situation in the country took a sharp turn for the worse on Friday as forces loyal to Gaddafi as well as hundreds of foreign mercenaries opened fire on pro-democracy protesters in several districts in the capital Tripoli, killing scores of people and injuring even more.

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