Former President Traian Basescu said in a televised show on Friday evening that Romania is bound to support a potential NATO military intervention in Syria against Islamist rebels.
“If there is a NATO intervention, categorically yes, (…) we have the obligation to participate in NATO operations with everything we can and proportionally to our size. But before sending NATO troops to Syria (…) I would give the Syrian army weapons to clear their own territory. I can guarantee you that the Syrian army is numerically capable to clean the country’s territory in one year and reinstate peace in Syria (…). We are faced with two alternatives, either equip the Syrian army with weapons and give them everything they need to clean up their territories (…) or an intervention with land troops (…). So these are the alternatives – either the Syrian army, or NATO,” Traian Basescu told the B1TV private broadcaster.
The former President underscored that this was only a personal opinion he expressed that evidently doesn’t engage the Romanian state in any way.