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NATO to stay out of Syria even if UN mandate emerges

Friday, February 17, 2012

Sec.-Gen. Anders Fogh Rasmussen urges Middle East countries to find solution for violence, says even UN mandate will not lead to NATO intervention in Syria or logistical support for “humanitarian corridors.”

ANKARA – NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the Western alliance had no intention of intervening in Syria even in the event of a UN mandate to protect civilians, and urged Middle East countries to find a way to end the spiraling violence.

Rasmussen told Reuters on Friday he also rejected the possibility of providing logistical support for proposed “humanitarian corridors” to ferry relief to towns and cities bearing the brunt of President Bashar Assad’s crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.

“We have no intention whatsoever to intervene in Syria,” Rasmussen said in an interview, during a visit to mark the 60th anniversary of Turkey joining the alliance.

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