Syria: Armed Conflict

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 31st January 2018.

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Photo of Mohammad Yasin Mohammad Yasin Labour, Bedford

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to the Turkish Government on recent civilian deaths in Afrin district, northern Syria; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan Minister of State

​The Foreign Secretary has been in contact with Turkish Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu about the situation in Afrin. We have urged Turkey to avoid any escalation in violence and stressed the need to protect civilians. We have also stressed the importance of ensuring that humanitarian assistance can reach the area. Turkey has a legitimate interest in the security of its borders. It remains in our shared interest to focus on achieving a political settlement that ends the war and suffering, and provides stability for all Syrians and the wider region.

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