Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the House of Commons at 5:10 pm on 3rd September 2012.

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Photo of William Hague William Hague The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 5:10 pm, 3rd September 2012

That, ultimately, would be for the Syrian people, not for us, to decide. Whether or not that is something that they will want as an option in the future I do not know, but I doubt it, since I find the majority of the opposition groups from Syria strongly committed to the unity and territorial integrity of Syria. In any case, there are downsides. Although I accept much of what the right hon. Gentleman says about small nations, it is also true that when small nations are made out of a large nation, that can create a great deal of chaos, movement and sectarian conflict, so there are dangers in that as well.