Rasmussen urged the international community to do everything in its power to put an end to Assad's regime. 'NATO has no intention of intervening militarily', Rasmussen said. 'But a political solution is of the utmost urgency'. He went on to deny NATO contacts with the Syrian opposition, and also stated that NATO has received no formal request for deployment of AWACS planes along the Turkish-Syrian border.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a CNN interview today that the new Geneva plan for a transitional government is 'no guarantee' that the violence will end, but she expressed optimism that it will facilitate the removal from power of Syrian President Bashar al Assad, as well as exclude close Assad collaborators from the transitional government.
The plan was hatched out Saturday in Geneva at a meeting of world leaders called by UN and Arab League Special Envoy Kofi Annan, and is being discussed at a UN Security Council meeting today. 'For the first time, we came up with an agreement that satisfies the Russians, the Chinese, and Syria's neighbors', Clinton added. (ANSAMed).