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Estonia Supports Imposing Sanctions Against Libya

25.02.2011

Nr 71–E

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that Estonia supports the rapid implementation of sanctions against the Libyan leaders that are responsible for committing violence against and murdering protestors. “We feel it is essential for the European Union to quickly impose sanctions that include travel restrictions and the freezing of assets for the Libyan leaders, a ban on the sale of weapons, and a ban on the sale of supplies used for domestic repressions to Libya,” added the foreign minister.

Paet stated that the situation in Libya has rapidly worsened and the Gadhafi regime has used brutal violence against protestors. “Hundreds of people have been killed by the authorities. Massive human rights violations in Libya must be condemned by the international community. The use of force against protestors must stop and restrictions on the freedom of speech and freedom of assembly of the society must end,” he stated. “The situation that has arisen must be resolved through negotiations, not through the murdering of protestors.”

Paet said that the Libyan authorities must also guarantee the safety of European Union citizens and allow them to leave the country without any obstacles. “Extensive co-operation among the European Union member states is needed in order to evacuate EU citizens,” he added.

 

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