May 21st, 2012
05:59 AM ET

U.S. Ambassador: NATO has no plans for military intervention in Syria

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By the CNN Wire Staff

The U.S. ambassador to NATO says the alliance has no plans for military intervention in the Syrian crisis, as reports of deaths mount by the dozens and diplomatic efforts have yet to stymie the bloodshed.

Ivo Daalder told reporters late Sunday there is "no planning going on that's related to a NATO role in Syria."

"As it relates to NATO planning, a NATO ally has to come forward and request that type of planning. So that's a circumstance that hasn't taken place," the ambassador said. "We'd obviously take any requests of that nature seriously if it were to be made."

Daalder also said NATO, along with European allies and Arab partners, has provided assistance to the Syrian opposition, including political and diplomatic support.

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  1. Hanusofuranus

    The proud and intelligent people who want a free Syria will continue to fight for their freedom from the tyranny of the Assad regime. If other examples from the past of the western interventions in other countries internal affairs I think the Syrian people in the long run will regret any direct military intervention from the west. Syrian people will die on both sides of this civil war and eventually they will achieve long lasting freedoms on their own. History proves that if you fight for your own rights and freedom they'll be by far longer lasting and much more appreciated if they are won in hard fought battles, than if a group of countries like NATO hands them out to your country with expectations of exploiting your fine people and country after they've supposedly helped your goal of freedom from a Dictator with a cruel mean streak and no conscience or concern about the deaths of his own people.

    May 22, 2012 at 10:22 am | Reply
  2. Spectator

    If anyone needed help it would be them.

    May 21, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Reply
  3. Tony

    President Obama, Mr. Kofi Annan, Ban ki Moon all are impotent figures and popets in the hands of wars mongers and satanic worshipers who loves destruction and enjoy killing of people. Syrian people destiny is not at the mercy of a black slave in the white house or Ban ki-Moon who does not even speaks Good understandable English. Syrians has long history of ancient civilization, they changed the whole world. We do not need Kofi Annan, he better go and live in the jungle where he came from and save his african fellows who need more help.

    May 21, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Reply
  4. Tony

    This is considered a solid proof that NATOdoes not really care about stopping killing of syrians by the murdurous ASSAD regime and does not care about humans suffering. Infact Assad regime survival is what Israel and its allies want. Any way what NATO does if asked to intervene is destroying the infrastructure of the country; the water and electricity supply. It will try the most recent sofisticated bombs against civilians. The syrian people will manage eventually to outcast assad regime and his thugs. This is going possibly to take time but in that contest it will change the psychology and morals of syrian people and make them more distant from the west who abandon them in their crises .

    May 21, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Reply

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