UK, US dismiss comparison of Libya, Syrian crises

British defence minister said world`s response must be tailored in each case.

Updated: Apr 27, 2011, 12:38 PM IST

Washington: The US and British defence chiefs are dismissing the idea that because the international community responded to unrest in Libya with military force, the same should be done in Syria, where a government crackdown on protesters has reportedly killed hundreds.
After meeting with Defence Secretary Robert Gates, British Defence Minister Liam Fox said on Tuesday that the world`s response to popular revolts across the Middle East and North Africa must be tailored to the circumstances of each case.
In a joint appearance with Fox at the Pentagon, Gates made a similar point, noting that before the military campaign in Libya was launched, there was a diplomatic process that resulted in calls for action by the Arab League, the Gulf Cooperation Council and the United Nations.

Bureau Report