Syria: Refugees — Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:46 pm on 10th December 2014.

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Photo of Lord Cormack Lord Cormack Conservative 3:46 pm, 10th December 2014

My Lords, is not this crisis continuing to destabilise the whole region? Is not the only long-term answer a proper political solution in Syria? Does that not mean that we have to talk sensibly and intelligently with the Assad regime, much as we might like to hold our noses while doing so? What has got to be smashed is the power of ISIS, and that cannot be done unless there has been an intelligent dialogue with the present Syrian regime.