Syria: Peace Negotiations

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 21st December 2017.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the prospects for further ceasefires in Syria; and whether they consider local ceasefires to be as important as wider UN initiatives.

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We welcome any initiative that contributes to a reduction of violence in Syria and creates the conditions for a sustainable political settlement. Local agreements can contribute to this goal, but the goal must remain a full nationwide cessation of hostilities. We are disappointed that in spite of announcements of de-escalation, violence continues, particularly in Eastern Ghouta, and the regime continues to obstruct humanitarian access. We are clear that the UN-led Geneva process between the Syrian parties remains the forum for reaching a lasting solution to the conflict.

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