Syria: Turkey

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 9th January 2019.

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Photo of Rosie Duffield Rosie Duffield Labour, Canterbury

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Turkish counterpart to ensure that any military action in Northern Syria should not seek to evict the Kurdish population that lives there.

Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan Minister of State

We are concerned about reports of a Turkish military offensive in North East Syria, and have made these concerns clear to Turkey. In the event of military activity, the UK expects all parties to respect international humanitarian law and protect civilians and aid workers, and to allow unhindered humanitarian access so aid can reach those in need. We continue to advocate for freedom of movement for civilians caught up in violence across Syria.

Our priority is to end the conflict in Syria through a negotiated political settlement: we believe only an inclusive, non-sectarian government can unite the country and protect the rights of all Syrians.

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