The latest diplomatic moves on the Syrian crisis included US president Barack Obama and Britain’s prime minister David Cameron agreeing that their priority had to be deterring Syria from using chemical weapons, and Obama going through a detailed review of his options with his National Security Advisors.
In Istanbul the President of the Syrian National Coalition called on the international community to assume its responsibilities, another sign that the idea of foreign intervention is gaining ground.
“Today, I ask the American President Barack Obama, as the head of the country that has the strongest presence in the world today, to be responsible on a personal level as well as a national level, and I ask the same from the French President, Francois Hollande, and the British Prime Minister, Mr Cameron,” said Ahmed Jarba.
Turkey’s foreign minister went further, saying that the international community had a duty to act, whether it had a UN endorsement or not if Syria refused to give inspectors access to sites of suspected chemical weapons use.
“If the UN Security Council can’t do that, as I always said, this is not the only option and it will be inevitable for the countries that stand for humanity’s conscience to come together and start a new initiative,” said Ahmet Davutoglu.
Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed he had assurances from the Free Syrian Army that inspectors would be safe ahead of a meeting of top military commanders from 10 nations meeting in Jordan. He also phoned Syria’s foreign minister to tell him to let the inspectors do their work “if he had nothing to hide”.
There are also reports that a network of spies working within the Syrian Free Army has been collecting evidence of chemical weapons use on the ground in the country.
It has been also been reported that President Obama has been studying the Kosovo campaign for ideas about formulating any intervention, ahead of a meeting in Jordan between top military commanders from 10 nations including the USA, its main Western allies, Turkey, Syria and Qatar.