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David Cameron

Opening statement of Syria talks

29 Aug, 2014

Cameron gives opening statement to the House of Commons on Syria Talks. He moves that the crimes against humanity committed by the Syrian Government be deplored by the House of Commons.

I beg to move, That this House: Deplores the use of chemical weapons in Syria on 21 August 2013 by the Assad regime, which caused hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries of Syrian civilians. Recallsthe importance of upholding the worldwide prohibition on the use of chemical weapons under international law; Agrees that a strong humanitarian response is required from the international community and that this may, if necessary, require military action that is legal, proportionate and focused on saving lives by preventing and deterring further use of Syria’s chemical weapons; Notes the failure of the United Nations Security Council over the last two years to take united action in response to the Syrian crisis

Syria Debate 2013: David Cameron's Opening Statement