Syria

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 12:46 pm on 6th March 2013.

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Photo of William Hague William Hague The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 12:46 pm, 6th March 2013

I entirely understand my hon. Friend’s concerns. What I am confident about is that giving the active support that I have described to that modern and democratic opposition is the best way of helping to ensure that they are the ones who are successful. Our hon. Friend Dr Lewis rightly pointed out that it is often the moderate forces who lose out to extremists in circumstances such as these. The longer this goes on and the less support those forces receive from outside, the less will be their chances of success in standing up to those extremists. We must make a choice about whether we are prepared to give that support, and I think that the right choice for the United Kingdom is to increase the level of support for people who we would be prepared to see succeed.