NATO has "no intention" to intervene in Syria

Arab World Materials 21 May 2012 06:43 (UTC +04:00)

NATO has "no intention" of intervening militarily to end the violence in Syria, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Sunday as the alliance's leaders gathered in the US city of Chicago, dpa reported.

"We are very much concerned about the situation in Syria, but NATO has no intention whatsoever to intervene in Syria," Rasmussen told reporters at the NATO summit.

He said the best solution in Syria is for Bashar al-Assad's regime to hold to a ceasefire plan laid out by United Nations envoy Kofi Annan.

But ongoing violence has dimmed hopes that the peace plan brokered by Annan will end the conflict, and Rasmussen said NATO "strongly regrets" that Syria has not abided by the plan.