UNITED NATIONS — The UN Security Council will meet Friday to consider actions against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's regime that could include sanctions aimed at deterring his violent crackdown on anti-government protesters.
France's UN Mission said late Thursday that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will attend the meeting at 3 p.m. EST (2000 GMT) Friday.
Diplomats said Britain's UN Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant told the council in closed consultations earlier Thursday it was imperative that members look at possible next steps because Gaddafi has failed to heed the council's demand to end the violence.
The diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity because the talks were private, said there was agreement among the 15 council nations to discuss further options. No date has been set, but diplomats said closed-door consultations are likely to take place Friday or over the weekend.