Czech Republic Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg did not repeat Clinton’s tough denunciations of Assad. He said chemical weapons also would pose a danger in the hands of the rebels.
“This chaotic situation of a civil war is, with the existence of these kind of arms in the country, highly dangerous,” Schwarzenberg said.
Missile defenses for Turkey
NATO is expected to approve new missile defenses for Turkey at a meeting Tuesday, but a U.S. official traveling with Clinton said there are no plans to broaden that defense to include a no-fly zone or other more-assertive military measures in Syria.
The official spoke on the condition of anonymity ahead of a closed-door session of NATO foreign ministers.
“Turkey has made a request for assistance in dealing with a potential threat, and this request is in the context of defensive purposes,” the official said. The deployment would not create a de facto safe zone for rebel fighters because it applies only to Turkish airspace, the official said.