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House of Lords written question – answered on 10th July 2013.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what reports they have received about the death of Fr Fran?ois Mourad following a raid on a Franciscan monastery in Ghassanieh in Syria.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Senior Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government), Senior Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Faith and Communities) (also in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

We are saddened by reports that Father Francois Mourad was murdered at a convent in Al Ghassaniyeh in Syria. The UK utterly condemns such a callous and brutal act. There are millions of Syrians who want a peaceful and democratic future. Such a barbaric act does not represent the principle and actions of the Syrian opposition. That is why we continue to support the Syrian National Coalition who are fully committed to a political solution and guarantee the rights of all Syria’s communities.

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