Syria: Armed Conflict

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 9th January 2017.

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Photo of Naseem Shah Naseem Shah Labour, Bradford West

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the evacuation of civilians from eastern Aleppo since 14 December 2016.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

‚ÄčOn 19 December, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 2328, which demands full access for the UN across Syria. The Resolution specifically requested the UN to monitor evacuations from eastern Aleppo. The UK strongly supported this action in view of our profound concerns at reports of atrocities taking place as eastern Aleppo was being evacuated. The UN has now reported that evacuations from eastern Aleppo are complete. It remains essential that the regime and its backers allow the UN full and unhindered access across the whole of Syria.

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