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Feb252011

ABC News Obtains Draft of UN Sanctions on Libya 

Libya's UN Ambassador, Abdurraham Mohamed Shalgam, speaks to media after denouncing Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi during a UN Security Council meeting. Photo Courtesy - Getty Image(NEW YORK) -- ABC News has obtained the text of a draft resolution that was introduced to the United Nations Security Council Friday afternoon, proposing stiff sanctions on Libya for its crackdown on protestors over the past 10 days. According to an annexed list, also obtained by ABC News, 23 individuals would also face travel bans and asset freezes if the resolution is approved.

Among those individuals are Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and his children Khamis, Hannibal, Mohammed, Saif al-Arab, Saif al-Islam, Mutassim, Saadi and Aisha.

Also targeted are top military, security, and intelligence commanders who are alleged to have ordered violence against demonstrators, as well as members of Gadhafi’s inner circle. They include Armed Forces Commander Col. Mas’ud Abdulhafiz, Defense Minister Maj. Gen. Abu Bakr Yunis Jabir, and Director of Military Intelligence Col. Abdullah al-Senussi, as well as Col. Gadhafi’s cousins Sayyid Qadaf al-Dam, who is allegedly involved in arms procurement, and Ahmed Mohammed Qadaf al-Dam, who the annex accuses of being directly involved in terrorist activity and operations against Libyan dissidents abroad.

The proposed resolution, which will now be debated by Security Council members, may not be approved until the end of the weekend. Though UN diplomats differ on timing, all agree on the need to consult with their governments.

The resolution would impose an arms embargo on Libya and refer the case to the International Criminal Court for investigation into events since Feb. 15.

The proposed punitive steps come as the United States and other countries stepped up efforts to evacuate their citizens from Libya as violence swelled in the capital Tripoli. Earlier Friday the United States suspended operations at its embassy in Libya and removed all of its official American personnel from the country.

The White House Friday also announced unilateral sanctions on Libya, something it was reluctant to do until it was assured that most Americans were out of harm’s way, for fear they could be held hostage as bargaining chips by the Gadhafi regime.

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