Kerry: Syria a much more complicated situation than Libya
Kerry made the statement during a question and answer session at the University of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. The remarks were also featured as part of BBC's Hardtalk.
Kerry was asked why the international community interfered militarily on the grounds of responsibility to protect in Libya and has not provided similar protection in Syria. Kerry said the situation in Libya was very different.
"In Libya, I thought we had to help with respect to Libya, because the leader of the country stood up and said, 'We are going to go into Benghazi, and we are going to go house to house, and we are going to kill you like dogs,'" Kerry said. "And I thought the international community had an obligation, knowing what was happening and going to happen, to try to make a difference. And we were able to because you had a different situation in Libya."
The Syrian situation, however, is much more complex, according to Kerry.
"In Syria... you had Hezbollah coming from Lebanon, you have Iran involved, you have Russia sending support," Kerry said. "It's a very much more complex and different situation from Libya."
When asked about arming Syrian opposition groups or imposing a no-fly zone over Syria, Kerry said he was sure the measures would be considered by Congress.
"There was a vote (in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee), and it will be considered, I'm sure, by the Senate," Kerry said. "And that's important. Our constitutional process works better when the Congress of the United States is engaged in this kind of decision. So we welcome the Congress being ready to debate this."