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Syria

House of Lords written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Lord Stoddart of Swindon Lord Stoddart of Swindon Independent Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in their discussions with representatives of the Syrian opposition, they have ruled out any commitment to supply arms or any logistical support to assist them in their attempts to unseat the present regime.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

The Government have made no commitment to provide arms or any logistical support to assist the Syrian opposition in their attempts to unseat the present regime.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is engaging with a wide range of Syrian oppositionists inside and outside the country and is encouraging them to maintain a peaceful and non-sectarian approach. We welcome the opposition efforts to unite and provide a clearly defined, shared vision for the future of Syria. We are encouraging Syrian opposition groups to work together towards a Syria which will be democratic, inclusive, representative, respectful of its ethnic and religious minorities, and which will adhere to international human rights conventions.

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