No plans to intervene in Syria: NATO

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 14:28

Brussels: NATO, which intervened in the
Libyan conflict to throw out the regime of Muammar Gaddafi, has no plans of getting involved in other such uprisings
elsewhere in the region, including Syria.

While the situation in Syria continues to worsen, top NATO
officials say they have no plans of any intervention in the
country where a public uprising is seeking the ouster of
President Bashar al Assad`s regime.

"No, we are not on the point of saying we are the world`s
policemen," said a top NATO official, adding that the
organisation was not on the brink of getting involved in any
other operation.

Officials said their intervention in Libya was based on
their own security concerns but they had never attempted an
assassination attack on Gaddafi.
NATO would rather want Gaddafi to be captured and tried at
the International Court of Justice for killing innocent
citizens.

"We are very clear in the case of Libya... It was proving
to be a threat to our own security.... that of our NATO
members," said an official justifying the Libya intervention.

Officials, however, are worried that a threat still lurks
from the under-hiding Col Muammar Gaddafi and his loyalists.

Officials also warned of a Scud missile threat from forces
loyal to the besieged Libyan leader as they seemed to have a
good arsenal of the Scud weapons.

NATO was also looking for chemical weapons, which they
fear Gaddafi possesses.

After the recent breakthrough and Gaddafi`s desertion of
Tripoli, NATO is optimistic of a conclusion very soon.

"We are very, very close to a conclusion," officials said.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 14:25

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