Take that, Muammar!

(CNS News) — The U.N. Security Council Tuesday issued a press statement condemning the Libyan regime’s violence against civilians — the weakest option available to it, short of saying nothing.

The U.S. and Security Council members’ envoys characterized the statement as a robust response to the crisis.

Brazilian ambassador Maria Luiza Viotti, who chairs the 15-member council this month, read the statement followiong hours of  closed-door consultations, calling it “a strong message.”

British ambassador Mark Lyall Grant described it as “extremely strong,” and U.S. deputy ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo said the international community had condemned the violence “in one clear and unified voice.”

“We hope today’s Security Council action will help bring an immediate end to this unacceptable situation,” DiCarlo added.