WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says it is important to resolve the ongoing conflict in Syria without outside military intervention.
Obama says not every situation allows for the type of military action the U.S. and allies took in Libya, which led to the removal of Moammar Gadhafi.
The president says a negotiated solution in Syria is possible. He defended his administration’s handling of the violence there, saying the U.S. has been “relentless” in demanding that President Bashar Assad leave power.
However, an Obama-supported resolution at the U.N. Security Council was vetoed this weekend by Russia and China. The resolution would have backed Arab League plan aimed at moving Assad in the direction of a peaceful transition to democracy in his violence-wracked country.
Obama spoke during an interview on NBC’s “Today” show.