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Syria: Military Intervention

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL7407, tabled on 30 April 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are seeking guarantees from the government of Turkey that it will not cause further deaths, injuries and destruction elsewhere in Syria, similar to those resulting from its operations in Afrin Canton.

Answered on

10 May 2018

The British Government is in close communication with the Turkish government about their military operations in northern Syria. We have been consistent in calling for de-escalation and the protection of civilians, and ministers have urged their Turkish counterparts to do everything they can to facilitate access for life-saving humanitarian aid, and to allow freedom of movement for those caught up in the violence, in accordance with international humanitarian law. We support discussions between Turkey and the US, and believe that a negotiated agreement taking into account the security concerns of both parties is necessary to prevent further conflict. Achieving a political settlement to end the war in Syria remains in our shared interest.