Intervention in Syria inevitable even without evidence of chemical arms use: EU minister
WASHINGTON - Anatolia News Agency
Egemen Bağış continued his talks in the United States and participated in Washington to an event organized by the Assembly of the Turkish American Associations. AA photoAn intervention in Syria is inevitable even if evidence of the Syrian regime's chemical arms use is not found, Turkish EU Minister Egemen Bağış told reporters April 26 during a visit to the United States.
Speaking about the latest statements about an assessment made by Washington on chemical weapon use in Syria, Bağış noted that the U.S. government's sensitivity was "significantly rising."
"The U.S. is debating that with the new findings [showing] that the [Bashar al-]Assad regime used chemical weapons, an intervention is inevitable. When this question was brought up [in official meetings], I answered them: Intervention was inevitable even if there weren't chemical weapons, because in Syria there is an authoritarian regime that kills on average 150 citizens every day." Bağış called on Washington to act as they had in the past in Bosnia and Kosovo.
"Just as former U.S. President Bill Clinton intervened back then, it is necessary that President Barack Obama starts an intensive diplomatic process at the U.N. Security Council with the shortest delay and conducts a more active policy so that the international community can adopt a common [position]."
Bağış also noted that the international community's inaction caused a lot of deaths both in Kosovo and Bosnia. "We don't have any right to remain insensitive to a regime that bombs its cities and massacres its citizens without discrimination. We all have a responsibility," he added.