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Syria: Armed Conflict

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 16th March 2020.

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Photo of The Marquess of Lothian The Marquess of Lothian Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to help to secure an immediate ceasefire between all warring parties in Idlib province in Syria.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

We are actively pressing for an immediate and lasting ceasefire to the crisis in Idlib. The Foreign Secretary discussed Idlib with the US Secretary of State Pompeo on 1 March and travelled to Turkey on 3-4 March to support Turkish efforts to achieve a cessation of hostilities. We have repeatedly raised the issue at the UN Security Council and called for an emergency Council session to discuss the urgent situation in Idlib on 28 February. We have also made clear the urgent need for a ceasefire in our contacts with the Russian Government.

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