Monday, 2 April 2012

Further help for Syria from the UK Government

Birmingham MP, Roger Godsiff, has broadly welcomed the recent announcement by Foreign Secretary William Hague that he has agreed to provide half a million pounds of British support to Syria's political opposition. This support includes agreement in principle for practical non-lethal support to them inside Syria.

Mr Godsiff said: “This latest contribution builds on the British Government’s £450,000 of practical support to the Syrian opposition and civil society in the last 8 months, which has included strategic communications and media skills training to internal activists, conflict resolution and negotiation training to independent civil society and training and advice to Syrian human rights defenders from across the country.”

He went on to say: “ I am sure that all of this in its own way will help but estimates place the current death toll at over 8000 and with the number of children killed in the hundreds. What the Syrian opposition really needs is anti-tank artillery and rocket propelled grenades (RPG’s).

William Hague said: "It will help hard-pressed opposition groups and brave civil society organisations inside and outside the country to document the regime’s violations and gain the skills and resources they need to help build a democratic future for Syria.”

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