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Gašparovič calls situation in Syria “Arab Chaos”

THE UNITED States and its allies in Syria should not start a military intervention into the country based only on one finding which might not even be true, said Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič after meeting his Romanian counterpart Traian Basescu on August 28. The president also called the current situation in Syria an ‘Arab Chaos’, the SITA newswire reported.

THE UNITED States and its allies in Syria should not start a military intervention into the country based only on one finding which might not even be true, said Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič after meeting his Romanian counterpart Traian Basescu on August 28. The president also called the current situation in Syria an ‘Arab Chaos’, the SITA newswire reported.

Both presidents were discussing the current conflict in the country, which has already lasted 30 months and has claimed more than 100,000 victims. At the moment UN experts are searching for evidence of the Syrian government’s possible use of chemical weapons, SITA wrote.

If the evidence is found to confirm that a large portion of the populace was endangered, intervention will be necessary, Gašparovič said.

“However, this represents a decision that cannot be made only on the basis of someone claiming that such an act took place and, therefore, we now have to attack,” the president said, as quoted by the TASR newswire. “I hope that European states and the world, but even the Alliance, have drawn a lesson from recent years that making such a decision is a very serious issue.”

Gašparovic also said that as much as he welcomed the Arab Spring in the past, he can now see what he calls the Arab Chaos, as it is not clear whom to help and whom not to, as reported by TASR.

Basescu reiterated the official stance of Romania, which seeks a cautious approach.

“We will need to wait and see what the UN experts find in Syria because there are lessons to be learned from Egypt and Libya,” he said, as quoted by TASR. “The message of Romania is a cautious approach.”

The president added that if the allies choose military intervention in Syria, Romania would remain loyal to its UN allies, as reported by TASR.

In the event of a military intervention in Syria, Slovakia might grant its political agreement and support its allies, as long as there is consensus within NATO, security analyst Ivo Samson told TASR, pointing out that much will depend on who carries out the operation.

The director of the Centre for European and North-Atlantic Relations Robert Ondrejcsák said that Slovakia would not take part in a military intervention at first.

“Considering the character of the operation, there is no room for engaging our military forces,” he told TASR.

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