Italy's foreign minister says he expects the International Criminal Court to issue an arrest warrant for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi at the end of the month.
Franco Frattini said Thursday that would be a "key moment" in the Libya crisis, suggesting that after the warrant is issued it would be impossible for Gadhafi to agree to an exile.
Frattini said "from that moment on an exit from power or from the country will no longer be imaginable" because "after the arrest warrant is issued all the international community would have legal obligations."
Italy has long maintained the future of Libya cannot include Gadhafi or family members.
The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously on Feb. 26 to refer the Libyan crisis to the International Criminal Court.