'Theresa May’s foreign policy on Syria is “prolonging suffering” and is ensuring stabilisation “remains a distant possibility”, a cross-party group including two former British ambassadors to Syria has said.
The Global Network for Syria, which includes peers from the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats and also independents, has written to Ms May demanding a change in the government’s policy.
The group has accused the government of funding “so-called moderate armed opposition forces” the “vast majority” of whom they claim are “dominated by Jihadist militants”.
“But will ensure that stabilisation and reunification under a unitary authority remain a distant possibility, prolonging the suffering of the Syrian people and weakening the stability of the Middle East as a whole.”
The letter, which is signed by two former ambassadors to Syria, Lord Green of Deddington and Peter Ford, calls on the government to lift sanctions, work for diplomatic solutions and allow the Syrian people to determine their own future, which, signatories have told The Independent, should include allowing President Bashar al-Assad to remain in power.
The president has overseen a civil war – that began as a civil uprising against his rule – which has killed half a million people since it broke out in 2011, and seen at least half the population displaced.'
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