Report: US envoy says obstacles to Syria buffer zone

August 15, 2012 12:22

ISTANBUL - There are serious legal and practical obstacles to setting up a buffer zone or a no-fly zone in Syria, Turkish newspapers on Wednesday quoted the US ambassador to Ankara as saying, after the two countries discussed the issue at the weekend.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Saturday the United States and Turkey were looking at all measures to help Syrian rebel forces fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad, including a no-fly zone.

A NATO-led no-fly zone and bombing campaign helped Libyan rebels overthrow Muammar Gaddafi last year. But the United States and its European allies have been reluctant to take an overt military role in Syria's 17-month-old conflict.

US Ambassador Francis Ricciardone said in a briefing with local newspapers that issues such as setting up a no-fly zone or a buffer zone in Syria were easy to discuss but hard to realize.

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