Middle East: Internally Displaced People:Written question - HL387

Asked by Lord Ahmed
Asked on: 10 June 2015
Department for International Development
Middle East: Internally Displaced People
To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the proposed establishment of an international enclave, protected by the United Nations, in Syria and Iraq to house internally displaced people.
Answered by: Baroness Verma
Answered on: 18 June 2015

The UK welcomes any option compliant with international law that might save lives in Syria and Iraq. The situation in Syria and Iraq is incredibly complex, and international enclaves are not currently feasible. For such a safe area to work in any context, all parties to the conflict would need to agree on its establishment. In the absence of such an agreement, this would require foreign military intervention, authorised by a UN Security Council resolution.

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