NATO chief says ´no intention´ to intervene in Syria (JERUSALEM POST) By JPOST COM STAFF 05/21/12)
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NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Sunday expressed concern about
the escalating violence in Syria, but maintained that the alliance
has "no intention" of taking military action against Syrian President
Bashar Assad´s regime, according to AFP.
"We strongly condemn the behavior of the Syrian security forces and
their crackdowns on the Syrian population and we urge the Syrian
leadership to accommodate the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian
people," he told a news conference during an alliance summit in
"But again NATO has no intention to intervene in Syria."
NATO members are being criticize in some quarters for being willing
to offer military assistance in the case of Libya, but leaving the
Syrian rebel opposition out in the cold, other than various forms of
NATO has been unmoved despite the fact that the Syrian opposition is
badly outgunned and has been hammered by far superior regime forces.
Rasmussen´s statement followed the G8´s statement one day earlier
that a "political transition" was needed to end the crisis in Syria.
Monitors report that over 12,000 people have died in a government
crackdown since March 2011.
Meanwhile, the violence, if only indirectly, spilled over into
At least three people were killed and 10 wounded in pre-dawn clashes
Monday between Sunni and anti-Syrian Future Movement supporters and
their rival Arab Movement Party headed by Shaker Berjaoui, who is
close to Hezbollah, in the Beirut neighborhood of Tariq al-Jadideh,
security sources told the Lebanese Daily Star.
The five-hour clashes with assault rifles and rocket propelled
grenades came to a close when Berjaoui agreed to evacuate his office
near the Arab University. A Lebanese Army force entered the area and
removed Berjaoui and his supporters from the area, said the report.
Citing local Lebanese TV, the report also stated that soldiers
secured the area after gunmen withdrew from the streets. There were
fires in two buildings and many destroyed cars and shop windows.
The escalation appears to have been a response to the shooting of a
prominent anti-Syrian-regime preacher and his companion at a Lebanese
Army checkpoint in the northern district of Akkar. (© 1995-2011, The
Jerusalem Post 05/21/12)
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