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Civilians in Syria

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:00 pm on 12th October 2015.

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Photo of Andrew Mitchell Andrew Mitchell Conservative, Sutton Coldfield 10:00 pm, 12th October 2015

The hon. Lady is making a good and brave speech on this important point. Will she emphasise the point we set out in our joint article over the weekend, which is that the safe havens are not an intervention in the politics of Syria but are strictly a humanitarian measure to ensure safety for those who are fleeing their homes and communities, often under gunfire, and the extreme violence in Syria today? This is the sort of intervention that the

United Nations was set up to co-ordinate, and we really must ask why more is not being done by the international community to promote this important initiative, which both of us supported at the weekend.