Human Rights

Britain says Syrian regime’s brutality, rejection of negotiation complicate political settlement

LONDON, Britain said on Wednesday that the Syrian regime’s continuation of its brutal offensives, including its use of chemical weapons and refusal to engage in negotiations, have underlined the challenge of reaching a political settlement.

This came during a meeting between British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and head of the Syrian Negotiation Commission Dr Nasr al-Hariri, according to a statement by Britain’s Foreign Office.

Johnson said Al-Harir’s visit was a significant opportunity for the UK to discuss with the Syrian opposition shared efforts to bring this appalling human catastrophe to an end, and stop the suffering that the Syrian people have endured for over seven years.

He stressed that Britain remain clear that only a political solution will create a stable, brighter future for the Syrian people. The Syrian opposition has again expressed its willingness to engage in direct negotiations with the Syrian regime and Russia without preconditions, the British minister noted.

“The UK remains at the forefront of the humanitarian response: at the recent Brussels Conference we pledged to provide at least ?Pound 450 million (USD 619 million) this year, and ?Pound 300 million (USD 407 million) next year,” he said.

He pointed out that the total assistance provided by the UK has reached ?Pound 2.71 billion (USD 3.67 billion) since 2011. He elaborated that this aid will help alleviate the extreme suffering in Syria and provide vital support in neighbouring countries.

Source: Kuwait News Agency