WASHINGTON — The White House on Thursday said US President Barack Obama planed to call British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicholas Sarkozy to discuss possible actions by the international community to compel the Libyan government of Col. Muammar Gaddafi to end violence against anti-government protesters.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama wants a concerted and broad based international effort to pressure the Libyan government. Carney did not mention Gaddafi by name.
Carney said no options have been taken off the table, including the possibility of military action. International discussions, however, have centered on a possible no-fly zone or other sanctions that would strike Gaddafi economically. The calls to Cameron and Sarkozy come as the UN Security Council agreed to consider further options against Gaddafi's regime, including sanctions.