Theresa May's Government Has Been Demanded to Halt Support for Terrorists in Syria

LONDON, (ST)- The British government under Prime Minister Theresa May has been demanded to stop supporting the terrorist groups in Syria, called by London as "armed opposition groups" , and to work for reaching a political solution to the crisis in the country.

UK's "The Independent" Newspaper quoted the Global Network for Syria, as saying in a letter addressing Theresa May, that the British government continues funding terrorists called by Britain as "moderate armed opposition forces" in Syria and whose vast majority are dominated by extremists .

The Global Network for Syria comprises members from three main British parties: the Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives, in addition to independent members including former UK ambassadors to Syria.

The letter, which was signed by former British ambassadors to Syria, Peter Ford and Lord Green of Deddington, in addition to several independents, said that "Theresa May’s foreign policy on Syria is “prolonging suffering and it ensures that stabilization in Syria remains a distant possibility”.

 The letter demanded a change in the UK government’s policy on Syria and called for lifting the sanctions imposed on the country, for working to reach a political solution of the crisis in Syria and for allowing the Syrian people to determine their own future.

 “We greatly fear the continuation of these policies will not contribute to the stabilization of Syria, as has been claimed, but will ensure that stabilization and reunification under a unitary authority remain a distant possibility, prolonging the suffering of the Syrian people and weakening the stability of the Middle East as a whole,” the letter said.

Mr. Ford, who served in Damascus from 2003 to 2006, said the letter was looking to draw attention to current British policies that have not worked.

“The letter looks to draw attention to the risk of a new conflict, the pointlessness of continuing to apply sanctions to Syria when they haven’t worked.  All what sanctions are doing is damaging the Syrian people,” Ford said. .

One of the other signatories, Baroness Cox, said she was “deeply concerned” by the UK government’s commitment to the policy of "regime change". She urged the government to allow the people of Syria to decide their own future.”

Alongside Baroness Cox, another signatory, Lord Carey of Clifton, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, prompted outrage and criticism from MPs after they both visited Syria in 2017.

According to the Independent, the delegation met with leaders from a number of religious groups and state officials.

Lord Hylton, who also signed the letter, has repeatedly called on the government to re-establish diplomatic relations with the Syrian government.

The 84-year-old hereditary peer visited the country in 2016 and 2017 and said the Syrian leader had “the support or the acquiescence of most Syrians”.

A recent British investigation has revealed that the British forces are involved in killing civilians in Syria and Iraq via drone attacks and in colluding with the United States in committing crimes in the region.

Britain is a member of the US-led coalition which was illegally established by the United States in 2014 without the approval of the Security Council purportedly to fight international terrorism in Syria. Facts showed that the coalition's hidden goal was to protect Daesh terrorists and it has committed many massacres against the Syrians and caused huge destruction to the Syrian infrastructure, mainly in Raqqa.

Hamda Mustafa