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Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 210309, tabled on 14 October 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the stability of the al-Assad government in Syria.

Answered on

21 October 2014

Through his brutal repression of the Syrian people and his fuelling of extremism, Assad has lost control of vast areas of his own country. There are reports that Allawite communities in Syria are increasingly disillusioned with Assad. His regime has shown itself incapable of the kind of inclusive and representative government that is necessary to lead a national campaign against ISIL and provide stability in Syria. While the international coalition and moderate opposition forces have been tackling ISIL, Assad has been continuing his attacks and aerial bombardments on the civilian population including around Aleppo and Damascus. The UK is determined to keep pressing for an inclusive and mutually agreed political settlement in Syria, and to keep increasing the pressure on Assad to help bring this about.