Expert: Military intervention does not threaten Syria
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 24 /Trend, A.Tagiyeva/
Despite the growing crisis in Syria and the UN Secretary General's statement on the possible application of measures with regards to the country by the United Nations Security Council, there is not the threat of military intervention and repeat of the Libyan scenario in Syria, the head of the London Centre "Arab East" Salim Zuhair said.
"The situation in Syria is very different from what is happening in Libya. It is not worthy to expect foreign interference in the affairs of Syria," Zuhair told Trend by telephone from London.
According to the expert, this has several causes, and mainly this is the rejection of the Syrian people and opposition to foreign intervention, unlike Libya, where Libyan representative to the UN himself called for such actions.
The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that still he does not trust the words of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and is leaning towards a possible action against the country by the United Nations Security Council.
"If the UN Security Council decides on unity of actions with regards to Syria, it will be useful," Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday at a news conference. According to him, currently the UN Security Council conducts collective and individual consultations on this issue.
According to Zuhair, military intervention in Syria does not serve the economic interests of Western countries, since unlike Libya, Syria does not have large oil reserves.
Another cause of non-interference in the affairs of Syria is its important geo-strategic position. Given Syria's alliance with Iran and Hamas, Damascus could destabilize the situation in region and take up arms against Israel, the expert said.
"The U.S. policy is aimed at preserving the interests of Israel, and intervening in the affairs of Syria, the United States risks to put Israel under the aggression of Iran and Syria," said Zuhair.
The expert also said that the West has long been trying to destroy the cooperation between Tehran and Damascus, while the military intervention in Syria could bring to even greater rapprochement with Iran.
Syria is already covered by the fourth month of mass protests, which began in mid-March in Dera'a, and then spread to other parts of the country. Syrian human rights activists report that in clashes with security forces killed about 1,300 people.
The riots in Syria began in the southern city of Dera'a in mid-March. Then they spread to other regions. Syrian human rights activists report that more than 1,100 people were killed in clashes with security forces. According to official data, more than 340 military and security forces were killed when the events of the actions of "armed terrorist elements" began.
Syrian President Bashar Assad announced on Tuesday a new general amnesty in the country. The amnesty covers all crimes committed by June 20, 2011, including those that were committed during the protests over the past two weeks.