published: 01.09.2013, 19:13 | updated: 01.09.2013 19:49:08
Prague - A possible military intervention in Syria would solve nothing as it is not clear whether liberals would come to power afterwards and whether the mass killing would end, Czech conservative TOP 09 chairman and former foreign minister Karel Schwarzenberg told CTK today.
Czech President Milos Zeman, too, opposed the use of military force in Syria again today.
A military intervention has been considered mainly by the USA after chemical weapons were applied within the Syrian civil war in eastern Damascus on August 21.
U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday said the USA should launch a military action against Syria in retaliation for the chemical attack for which Bashar Assad´s regime is to blame.
"I´m afraid that a military action would solve nothing. In addition, it would probably be launched without the consent of the U.S. Security Council. The biggest apprehensions stem from the fact that not even the action´s advocates are able to say what its result should be, how far it should be brought and who would replace Bashar Assad," Schwarzenberg wrote in a press statement sent to CTK.
The methods used by the Assad regime are horrible, but no one knows who would come to power after a military intervention, he wrote.
"Unfortunately, Islamist Sunni extremists have been gaining force among the rebels rather than democratic liberal forces. It is not ruled out that the killing would take even huger dimensions after the intervention," Schwarzenberg added.
Zeman said on Prima Family TV earlier today thst "two evils" face each other in Syria, a secular dictator and religious extremists.
"By no means is either of the two extremes worth supporting," Zeman said.
He said the religious fanatics among the Syrian rebels have been led by Al-Qaeda.
"I consider a military attack on Syria in favour of Al-Qaeda an absolute nonsense," he added.
Czech outgoing Prime Minister Jiri Rusnok does not support a military intervention in Syria either.
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