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For individual allies to decide their response to Syria – NATO chief

Published time: September 02, 2013 12:37
Edited time: September 02, 2013 13:18
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (AFP Photo / Georges Gobet)

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (AFP Photo / Georges Gobet)

NATO’s secretary-general has stated that it is for “individual allies to decide how they will respond” to the Syrian crisis, adding he does not foresee the bloc’s further role except in deploying Patriot missiles to Turkey.

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I don't foresee any further NATO role,” Anders Fogh Rasmussen said at a press conference on Monday. However, he said the bloc still conducts “closed consultations between allies.” 

Rasmussen added that he had seen concrete evidence that made him convinced “not only that a chemical attack had taken place, but… also convinced that the Syrian regime is responsible.” 

Yet he believed any subsequent strikes against the country were fully up to the discretion of the  constituent states, adding that it could take time to build internal support.

He stated that he could not discuss evidence presented to him thus far. “I do not comment on intelligence reports,” he affirmed. UN chemical weapons inspectors left Syria on Saturday, and it will likely be three weeks before they provide the public with their analyses. However, the US is pressing ahead with its claims of concrete evidence. 

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday that a 'regime of secrecy' by the West is unacceptable with regards to evidence on an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria. “If there truly is top secret information available, the veil should be lifted. This is a question of war and peace. To continue this game of secrecy is simply inappropriate,” Lavrov said in an address to students of the Moscow State University of International Relations.

Support in the ‘democratic counties’ being referred to by Rasmussen is sparse. A BBC poll published on Monday found that 71 percent of people thought the British Parliament  was right to reject military intervention in Syria, while 72 percent said they did not think the move would negatively impact UK-US relations. A further two thirds said they would not care if it did.

French opinion is also heavily weighted against the move, despite French President François Hollande stating in the wake of the UK Commons vote against military action that he supported a “firm” response.  Fifty-nine percent of French voters oppose involvement in an airstrike by their nation, according to IFOP poll results published on Saturday.

Comments (26)


Andreana Rossi 05.09.2013 01:19

Yes Alex, Your Right, Our Country is being run by a bunch of psychopaths! I to am a american, I am totally against striking Syria & I was against all the other Blood thirsty, Power Mongering, Greed, That the leaders represent.. This is all about the NWO And the Illuminati is running the Country now. Our Government has been taken over.By the Banker Elites.


Alex Shepherd 03.09.2013 22:09

I am an American, and this Syrian war issue is ridiculous. Just wanted to make this clear: Not all of us Americans are swayed by our government. The problem is, our govt doesnt care or need our (citizens) approval to do anything. We are well aware that our govt is funding the rebels and opposition, despite the Nusra Front being involved in it. We keep hearing our elected officials say that we have to respond - but we have been arming the opposition all along; so I believe we have already been actively engaged. Our govt is a joke - we do not live in a democracy; we know this. This country is run by lunatics.


WorkTogether 03.09.2013 17:01

Rasmussen was no help at all.. Makes one distrust all global organizations with ties to the West & its allies. I must say Ban Ki-Moon at least spoke up for a peaceful solution & so did the original UN woman inspector from Italy (her name espcapes me now). She said the chemical attacks, although not 100% conclusive yet, pointed to the rebel forces by an 87% cert. Just pray UN remains on the level!! So much depends on it. Syria has been at war for over 2 years, when the US never thought Assad would last. Obviously Obama does not know Syrians! They are like the Iranians, tough & loyal. Assad's innocence will be proved!

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