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Syria: Foreign Relations

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 17th October 2011.

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Photo of Gregory Campbell Gregory Campbell Shadow Minister (International Development)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the governments of (a) Russia and (b) China on their relations with the government of Syria and attempts to bring about peaceful change in that country.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The UK has led efforts to build international pressure on President Assad's regime to end the violence in Syria. The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), has spoken to both his Chinese and Russian counterparts about this, most recently with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov during his visit to Moscow with the Prime Minister, my right hon. Friend Mr Cameron, on 12 September. The Foreign Secretary made clear that he thought the Russian and Chinese veto of the draft UN Security Council Resolution on Syria on 3 October was:

“a bitter blow to all those Syrians who have implored the international community to take a stand.”

The UK will continue to press Russia and China to put pressure on the Syrian regime to stop the violence.

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