Leigh Phillips, 28.02.2011
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - Even Italy, Libya's longtime close ally has called for the country's isolated leader, Colonel Moammar Gaddafi to go. The message came as the European Union readied sanctions including an arms embargo to be placed on the regime.
Italian foreign minister Franco Frattini on Sunday told domestic TV channel Sky Tg24 that Mr Gaddafi should step down, according to a report from Deutsche Presse Agentur. The comments came after Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi admitted that the colonel had lost control of Libya.
Also on Sunday, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said that the bloc is to impose sanctions "as a matter of urgency", following a unanimous resolution by the United Nations Security Council calling for the adoption of tough measures.
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EU readying arms embargo on Libya