by Vittorio Hernandez

Despite increasing civil violence by government forces in Syria, NATO is not considering staging any military action in the Arab country.

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, during his visit to Tripoli, said, "My answer is very short. NATO has no intention (to intervene) whatsoever. I can completely rule that out."

Talking to reporters, Rasmussen added that he, however, strongly condemned the government's action in Syria.

"What has happened in Libya sends a clear signal. You cannot neglect the will of the people," he added.

Meanwhile, the Arab League has outlined its peace roadmap for Syria, calling for withdrawal of government's troops and tanks from Syrian streets.

The Arab League also called for truce talks between President Bashar al-Assad's government and its opponents under AL's chief Nabil al-Arabi mediation. The proposal was given to Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem during Doha talks on Sunday.

However, Muallem left Doha without commenting on the proposal, leaving the bloc's foreign ministers waiting for the response.

Qatar's Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem al-Thani on Sunday warned Assad that he would invite an international intervention if the violence in his country continues, calling him to take concrete steps to stop it.

"The entire region is at risk of a massive storm," Sheikh Hamad told reporters after an Arab League meeting.



"NATO Reluctant for Military Intervention in Syria"