Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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Photo of Adrian Sanders Adrian Sanders Liberal Democrat, Torbay

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the role played by Russia in attempts to find a non-violent solution to the conflict in Syria.

Photo of Hugh Robertson Hugh Robertson Minister of State

The UK and Russia both attended the Geneva I conference on 30 June 2012. The Communiqué from that meeting called for a process to establish a mutually agreed political settlement in Syria, forming a Transitional Governing Body with full executive powers. The UN Security Council subsequently endorsed this approach through UN Security Council Resolution 2118 with UK and Russian support.

The Geneva II process to implement the Geneva I Communiqué will start on 22 January 2014. We will encourage the Russian Government to use their influence over Assad's regime to deliver the conditions for success, including allowing full humanitarian access and stopping the regime's indiscriminate air attacks in civilian areas.

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