WASHINGTON — To shore up weakening international support for a Western intervention in Syria, Turkey said that most if not all leaders at the G20 summit see the need for an intervention.
Reuters reported that Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish Prime Minister, said that a small coalition could be formed outside of United Nations authority to intervene in the two-year-old Syrian civil war.
Turkey was one of the first countries to indicate it will intervene in the Syrian civil war against the Syrian government Bashar al-Assad. Turkey sent aid workers, who were trained in chemical weapons analysis and treatment, to the Turkey-Syria border.
Assad supposedly used chemical weapons on rebel forces and civilians, which got the West up in an uproar. Russia, China and Iran (including its subsidiary terrorist group in Lebanon, Hezbollah), have voiced support for Assad after the allegations were made public and urged with caution to await results from a United Nations chemical weapons investigation team in Syria.
A small coalition is a far cry from previous U.S. President George W. Bush’s “coalition of the willing”, which it looks like current U.S. President Barack Obama will not even match. He initially came out in support of U.S. intervention, but waffled then backtracked when the British parliament voted down British support in a vote and U.S. polls said Americans wanted Congress’ approval.
France had also said it would support and participate in an intervention in Syria, but has since reconsidered the decision.