Only ‘diplomatic support’: UK Foreign Secretary says Syria military action ruled out

Protesters shout slogans and wave the Syrian flag as they demonstrate against military intervention in Syria in central London on August 31, 2013 (AFP Photo / Carl Court)

William Hague, the UK’s foreign secretary, has ruled out military intervention in Syria stating Britain will only be offering diplomatic support in the light of PM Cameron’s defeat on the parliament vote. The UK Chancellor slammed Labour “opportunists.”

“Parliament has spoken. I don’t think it is realistic to think that we can go back to parliament every week with the same question having received no for an answer,” Hague said on the Murnaghan Show on Sky News on Sunday. It was his first major interview since the House of Commons defeat late on Thursday.

Hague said that Labour would need to be “less partisan” in order to reverse the Commons vote, and even in the event that more chemical strikes were alleged within Syria, UK intervention would still be unlikely.

“Anybody looking objectively at this would see that, in order for parliament in any circumstances to come to a different conclusion, people would have to be more persuaded by the evidence. There is a great deal of evidence there but I’m not sure that the extra evidence that the United States presented would have made a difference to those doubting the evidence in the House of Commons,” said Hague.

“We will have another discussion with Russia to see if we can find a diplomatic and peaceful solution to the crisis in Syria,” Hague also commented.


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