Douglas Alexander: UK should de-escalate Syria conflict

Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander said that the newly formed Syrian National Coalition represents an opportunity to overcome the impasse caused by divisions among the Syrian opposition.

The time has come for the UK to do what France and now Turkey has already done and officially recognise the Syrian National Coalition as the sole legitimate representatives of the Syrian people.

The correct focus for the UK's efforts in the days ahead must be helping unify the Syrian opposition, not helping arm the Syrian opposition. We should be working not to escalate the conflict but to de-escalate it.

– Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander

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