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LIBYA: U.N. Security Council to convene Friday on Libyan violence

February 24, 2011 |  4:31 pm

The United Nations Security Council will convene Friday afternoon to discuss possible sanctions and other means of halting violence in Libya as embattled strongman Moammar Kadafi fights off opposition forces now encircling the capital, Tripoli.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called a meeting of the 15-member body for 3 p.m., the French U.N. mission told journalists.

The world body has condemned the violence gripping Libya over the last 10 days but hasn't made specific proposals for deterring or punishing Kadafi's government for the use of force against demonstrators clamoring for the longtime leader to step down.

French and British diplomats have called for an international investigation of possible atrocities committed by the Libyan regime, and French Defense Minister Alain Juppe said an oil embargo to cut off Kadafi's economic lifeline should be considered.

--Carol J. Williams