Syria — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:30 pm on 18th March 2015.

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Photo of Baroness Falkner of Margravine Baroness Falkner of Margravine Liberal Democrat 3:30 pm, 18th March 2015

My Lords, my noble friend will be aware of the United Nations report from last week: 210,000 dead, 840,000 injured, one-third of the country displaced and life expectancy down by 20%. Given that, is it not time to say to the Syrian opposition—who my noble friend mentioned she is in negotiation with—that they need to consider an end to this war? It is in its fifth year. The opposition did not attend the Moscow conference. Is it not time to hear the proposals not of Assad but of people who may be able to deliver a transitional government in which the Alawites are in some sense represented, if not by President Assad?