European Union leaders meeting at a crisis summit have agreed to “examine all necessary options” to protect the civilian population from the fighting in Libya.
Opening a door to possible military intervention, the 27-nation bloc expressed in a statement yesterday “its deep concern about attacks against civilians, including from the air”.
“In order to protect the civilian population, member states will examine all necessary options, provided that there is a demonstrable need, a clear legal basis and support from the region,” the statement said.
The legal basis sought by EU states would be a United Nations Security Council resolution authorising action.
European nations have also repeatedly insisted they would take action in Libya only with approval from the Arab League, which will discuss events in Libya in Cairo tomorrow. Agencies