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Syria: Military Intervention

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 24th October 2019.

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Photo of Stephen Morgan Stephen Morgan Shadow Minister for Local Government (Communities)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to investigate allegations of Turkish backed armed forces committing war crimes against the Kurdish population in Syria and the surrounding regions.

Photo of Stephen Morgan Stephen Morgan Shadow Minister for Local Government (Communities)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Turkish counterpart on reports of war crimes committed by Turkish backed armed forces against the Kurdish community in Syria; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Andrew Murrison Andrew Murrison Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

​We are seriously concerned about reports of violations of international humanitarian law during the military offensive by Turkish forces and their Syrian allies. We expect all parties to respect their obligations towards civilians under international humanitarian law. The Foreign Secretary conveyed this message to his Turkish counterpart, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, on 10 October and the Prime Minister made this clear to President Erdogan on 20 October.

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