Emergency Debate on Aleppo

During an emergency debate in Parliament I intervened on former Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt MP, to ask if we now need to look at reform of the United Nations:

 

You can watch the full debate here: https://goo.gl/qAJQaL

I would also recommend you watch this harrowing drone footage which gives you an idea of devastation in Aleppo:

The civil war in Syria has now been ongoing for five years and the situation that we are seeing, particularly in Aleppo, is nothing short of a humanitarian disaster. People are still going hungry, still going without medicine, and coming under sustained attack.

We need an urgent and concerted effort by the international community to renew efforts in good faith towards a lasting ceasefire to end the violence, and create safe corridors so that vital humanitarian aid can be delivered.

However, before any of this can happen the Russian supported, Assad bombardment of Aleppo must stop immediately.

The Syrian Government, bolstered by Russian air supremacy have caused devastation and misery to the people of Aleppo. The recent negotiated ceasefire is thought to have been broken by Russian war planes obliterating a humanitarian convoy- killing at least 20 people. Hospitals have been bombed and bombed again and power supplies cut in an attempt to pulverise the city of Aleppo into the ground. There is strong evidence to suggest Assad and the Russians have committed war crimes in Syria- these must be investigated.

I know that many colleagues across the chamber discussed the option of a no-fly zone to safeguard civilians, schools and hospitals. This is not an option we should discount but must consider carefully the implications of such a decision. 

I will continue to press the Government for a peaceful solution to the Syrian conflict and will work closely with the Scottish Refugee Council and Children’s charities to ensure children in Europe and across the Middle East are safeguarded. 

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