Syria: Military Intervention

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 12th March 2018.

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Photo of Roger Godsiff Roger Godsiff Labour, Birmingham, Hall Green

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Government will make an assessment of the potential merits of publishing tracking data on Russian violations of the Syrian ceasefire in a form that is compatible with security requirements.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The information available to the British Government on Syria originates from a variety of sources, some of which it would not be appropriate to publish. The UK will, however, continue to seek means of highlighting action by Russia, the Syrian regime and its other backers which is contrary to UN Security Council Resolution 2401 (which demanded a thirty-day ceasefire in Syria). The Foreign Secretary issued a statement on 5 March underlining his concerns about action by both the Syrian regime and Russia contrary to this Resolution. We are using regular meetings of the UN Security Council, some of which have been public, to highlight these violations further. We called an Urgent Debate at the UN Human Rights Council, which took place on 2 March, to highlight the situation in eastern Ghouta. Finally, we strongly support the work of the UN Independent Commission of Inquiry which has published reports identifying parties responsible for atrocities in Syria. The most recent report by the Commission of Inquiry was published on 6 March. It identified attacks perpetrated by Russia, as well as other parties.

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