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Britain rules out military intervention in Syria

Posted by seumasach on December 6, 2011

Surely reason hasn’t prevailed- or has it? Are the Brits chickening out of WW3? Let’s hope so!

LONDON – The most senior security policy adviser to British Prime Minister David Camerontold a committee of the Houses of Parliament on Monday that it was highly unlikely that there would be any British military intervention in Syria.

Sir Peter Ricketts, who will shortly become British ambassador to France and relinquish hisrole as National Security Adviser, appeared to rule out military intervention in Syria led byBritain.

Ricketts compared the situation in Syria with the situation in Libya before military intervention inMarch by foreign powers, under a United Nations mandate, led by the United States, Franceand Britain.

Ricketts said that in Libya “we had urgent appeals from a wide range of the people” and thatwas not the case in Syria.

He added that in addition there had been a “direct invitation from the Arab League, and explicitauthorization under Chapter Seven of the United Nations charter.”

“None of these conditions apply in Syria, and I don’t think any of them will. It is a very differentcase” to Libya, said Ricketts, adding that “the Syrian opposition is much more divided anddiverse in its views than the Libyan one was.”

Ricketts was speaking to the committee of the National Security Council, which was set up justafter the coalition government came to power in May, 2010.

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