US ambassador to Damascus denies military intervention in Syria

15:20, May 05, 2011      

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U.S. Ambassador to Damascus Robert Ford ruled out on Wednesday U.S. military intervention in Syria, local Cham Press reported.

Every state has its privacy, said Ford who also denied U.S. involvement in the anti-government protests that swept the Arab world.

Syria has been wracked by more than six weeks of anti-government protests amid mounting calls for sweeping reforms. The government has made many gestures to quell the protests and blamed the rising violence on "armed thugs and foreign conspiracy."

U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner on Tuesday described the crackdown in the southern town of Daraa as "barbaric" and expressed concern about the humanitarian situation in the city.

The United States has suggested to Damascus to allow correspondents from prominent news agency to cover the occurrences, Ford said.

He also expressed his wish that relationship between the United States and Syria will get better, saying it depended on Syria's decisions and notable changes on the ground.

Ford, who arrived in Damascus in January 2010, is the first U.S. Ambassador to Syria in five years.

Blaming Syria of posing "extraordinary threat" to U.S. security, President Barack Obama in May, 2010 renewed sanctions on Syria for another year.

Source: Xinhua
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