The American position at the Security Council is that the allies should work together to quell the violence without military intervention. French President Nicolas Sarkozy says “It’s time for Gadhafi to go.” Even as Gadhafi was pledging in Green Square to open weapon stores, Libya’s ambassador to the United Nations, Ambassador Shalgham, pleaded for the Security Council to act and “save Libya.” Libya’s Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations, Ibrahim Dabbashi, said yesterday he expects “thousands” more fatalities.
By Friday, February 26, the United States had closed its embassy in Tripoli and imposed, with the United Nations, unilateral sanctions against Libya. The United Nations Security Council was moving forward to impose further international sanctions, including an arms embargo, and an asset freeze and travel ban against Gadhafi, his relatives and key members of his government. Diplomats from the United States, France, Germany and Britain were calling for the International Criminal Court to investigate possible crimes by Gadhafi and Libya against humanity.
Simultaneously, the Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Erdogan, accused the international community of being more concerned with oil concerns than with “conscience, justice, laws and universal human values.” Libyan Ambassador Mohammed Shalgham continued his break with the Libyan government, and said "I tell you, my brother Gadhafi, leave the Libyans alone!"
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, “Colonel Gadhafi has lost the confidence of his people. His legitimacy has been reduced to zero.” "Colonel Gadhafi, he said, "is becoming increasingly erratic …and even more bizarre. He [Gadhafi] accuses the protestors of being on drugs." “The United States,” Carney said, “Has few contacts deep inside the Libyan government, and little personal sway with its leadership.” He said that responses and sanctions “take time to put in place.”
The United Nations Security Council responds to threats against peace by recommendations to the parties in an effort to reach agreement by peaceful means. When a dispute leads to fighting, the council's first concern is to bring an end as soon as possible. On many occasions, the council has issued cease-fire directives which have been instrumental in preventing wider hostilities. The council also sends United Nations peace-keeping forces to help reduce tensions in troubled areas, keep opposing forces apart, and create conditions of calm in which peaceful settlements may be sought. The council may decide on enforcement measures, economic sanctions such as trade embargoes or collective military action.