Military option in Syria on top of world's agenda

International community re-evaluates military option for Syria following chemical attacks

Military option in Syria on top of world's agenda

World Bulletin/News Desk

International community, so far failed to take a joint stance, is once again weighing military option for Syria as hundreds died in chemical attack last Wednesday.

UN Security Council resolution was thus far regarded as necessary for taking any kind of measure against Assad regime. For a resolution to be issued, none of the permanent members should use its veto right. Russia's potential veto paved the way for evaluating other options.

In case of UN failure to reach a decision still, diplomatic circles point out that the "necessary steps" will be taken by "sensible members of international community".

It is highly commented that 138 members of Group of Syria's Friends would provide physical or moral support.

In fact it is known that Turkey's main expectation is to see the outcome of UN probe, immediate punishment of the perpetrators following the report and issuance of a UN decision to stop the savageness.

A high level official speaking to AA said, "We don't want a move further than that however if such decision would not be taken, we will not sit idly."

Bosnian and Kosovar examples

International interventions in the case of Bosnia and Kosovo started to be discussed as an example for Syria. Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu said, "What have been done in Bosnia, Kosovo should be repeated, international community should act together" during his visit to Britain.

Scenarios for military option

Probable scenarios for military option are also on the agenda.

Speaking to AA, Nihat Ali Ozcan, researcher at Economic Policy Research Foundation (TEPAV), said, "No intervention will take place until UN chemical probe report is out".

He emphasized that a military intervention would in deed be carried out from a very long distance.

Ozcan also said "Air attack is less possible. Mostly Assad's command centers will be targeted."

Stating that the biggest concern of Western states was chemical weapon stores, Ozcan said, "Activating chemical weapon stores will create both a psychological, environmental and security problems. Western powers will behave cautiously on the issue."

"Worst case scenario is Assad's losing control of chemical stores."

Professor Cagri Erhan from Ankara University reminded Kosovo example, and asked, "If Assad is ousted, will a force similar to the one in Kosovo be formed?"

Erhan said he believed that instability would prevail in Syria if a multi-national force would not be formed with a ground attack, following an intervention within NATO.

"We can call it as Lebanonization of Syria. Therefore such intervention should be well calculated by taking its aftermath into account."

Military summit in Jordan

While all options are on table, summit of chief of staffs including the Group of Syria's Friends in Jordan is worth attention. It stated that the meeting was pre-planned but the chemical issue would also be discussed. US, France, Britain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey will be represented in the summit.

In the statement released by Jordan Chief of General Staff it was announced that the main topic of the summit would not be Syria.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 27 Ağustos 2013, 09:39
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