Political leaders around the world have almost universally condemned the government of Moammar Gaddafi for its brutal crackdown against anti-government protesters. At least 3000 people have died in the bloodshed that appears to be getting worse by the day.
Here is a roundup of comments on the violence from a swathe of global observers.
We will be looking for ways to hold to account the people who are responsible for these things and they should bear that in mind. We will want some kind of international investigation.
--William Hague, UK Foreign Secretary
“[The violence against protesters is] completely unacceptable. It must stop and, as I am absolutely clear, if it does not stop there will be consequences.”
--David Cameron, UK Prime Minister
[We] condemn and consider unacceptable the use of military force to break up peaceful demonstrations.
--joint EU-Russia statement
I sincerely hope that Gaddafi is in his final moments as chief of state.
--Alain Juppe, the French defense minister
All options should be studied, including bringing the case before the international justice system
--French Foreign Ministry
We call on the international community and the UN to prevent Gaddafi from going on with his plans in Tripoli. At the end when he's really pressured, he can do anything. I think Gaddafi will burn everything left behind him.”
--Mustafa Abdel Galil, Libya’s former justice minister
The Federal Council (government) condemns the violence used by the Libyan strongman against the people in the strongest terms. In view of the developments the Federal Council has decided to block with immediate effect any possible assets of Muammar Gaddafi and his entourage in Switzerland.
--Swiss Foreign Ministry
It is a genuine industry of extermination that has been unleashed. We must stand up to it, as any conscious individual would, and do everything to stop this massacre,
--joint statement by left-wing and centrist opposition parties in Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco.
This is not just a problem for Italy and the Mediterranean countries, it's a problem for Europe and the world. This is a catastrophic humanitarian emergency.
-- Roberto Maroni, Italy’s interior minister
“Today's brutal and shocking situation is the direct outcome of a callous disregard for the rights and freedom of Libyans that has marked the almost four-decade long grip on power by the current ruler. Any official, at any level, ordering or carrying out atrocities and attacks can be held criminally accountable.''
--Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
[It is] obvious ... that the indiscriminate use of force against peaceful protesters should be condemned.”
--Charles Nduka Onianwa, Nigeria's ambassador to the UN rights council
Muslims will no longer tolerate inequalities and injustice. A new dawn has come. The rules of the game have changed. Those who do not embrace it will be swept away.
--Organization of the Islamic Conference
What's happening in Libya is of great concern to us. This crisis in our immediate neighborhood affects Libyan civilians and many people from NATO allies. Many countries are evacuating their citizens, clearly this is a massive challenge,''
--Oana Lungescu, NATO spokeswoman
This bloodshed is unacceptable.”
--Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, U.S. Representative to UN Human Rights Council
“The Libyan government has behaved in a manner totally incompatible with its international human right obligations,'
--Peter Gooderham, UK Ambassador to UN
“[We support] sending an international mission of inquiry to investigate possible crimes against humanity.”
--Abdulla Falah Abdulla Al-Dosari, Qatar ambassador to UN