Caabu urges all political parties in the UK to unite to push for a political solution to end the crisis in Syria

Posted by Caabu on 30 Aug 2013

Caabu urges all political parties in the UK to unite to push for a political solution to end the crisis in Syria and demand greater humanitarian access. A Parliamentary debate and vote on military action in Syria on 29 August 2013 demonstrated that the British political establishment possesses a deep seated sense of duty to resolving the crisis in Syria, and arguments from both those for and against military intervention represented this. Whilst Syria fatigue has plagued discussions over the past two years, both in public and political opinion, Parliament’s vote on Syria was resoundingly clear: we must find a way to ending the Syria crisis, and end the devastating humanitarian situation that this crisis has brought about.

Following the vote in the British Parliament which opposed British participation in any military action in Syria, Caabu Director Chris Doyle said:

"This vote does not mean that the British government can and should do nothing. Far from it. It has a huge responsibility to push for an end to this crisis, to find a political solution, something that will be vital whether intervention happens or not. For those who opposed military intervention, they too cannot be silent in the face of atrocities in Syria. They too must help craft an exit from this dangerous bloodbath.  There are millions of lives at stake in a region that is dangerously unstable."  

This clear message of urgency for Syria cannot be undone by political infighting on an issue of such gravitas. Now is the wrong time for British diplomacy to become a party political blame game. The Syria crisis is not about Cameron or Miliband, the Syria crisis is:

  • 6.8 million Syrians in need (likely to rise to 10 million by the end of 2013) – half are children.
  • 4.25 million internally displaced Syrians (this figure has doubled since the start of 2013).
  • There are 1.9 million registered Syrian refugees. 1 million of these refugees are children. There could be as many as 3.5 million refugees.
  • 1 in 4 people in Lebanon are Syrian.
  • Jordan’s Syrian population is 10%. By the end of 2013, Syrians will make up 1/5 of the country’s population.