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Baroness Caroline Cox welcomes Armen Sargsyan’s nomination for Armenia’s next president - Panorama AM News Reports

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Baroness Caroline Cox, a member of the British House of Lords, has addressed a video message welcoming the decision of the Republican Party of Armenia to nominate the candidacy of Armenian Ambassador to the UK Armen Sargsyan for Armenia’s next president.

“I just heard the excellent news that the present Ambassador of Armenia to the UK Armen Sargsyan has been invited to stand for the presidency of the Republic of Armenia. I am absolutely delighted. I have known Mr Sargsyan for many-many years, since he was the Prime Minister of Armenia, he has been three times the Ambassador of Armenia in the United Kingdom. So he brings wonderful experience and knowledge and he has so much to offer in terms of his diplomatic skills and his many-many other areas of expertise and relationships. I think he has been a wonderful Ambassador for Armenia,” she said in the video message.

Baroness Caroline Cox added she is delighted to see Armen Sargsyan in the post of the Armenian president.

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Baroness Cox says that many Syrians are deeply concerned by the UK’s continued commitment to impose a transition of power, including the removal of President Assad

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There are no easy solutions to the problems in Syria. This is partly because there are many different layers to the conflict: the fighting between Government forces and Islamist militias; struggles between Kurds and Turks; and the proxy wars involving other nations. The crisis remains one of the worst humanitarian disasters of our time, resulting in massive internal displacement and outflow of refugees, affecting people of all ethnicities and religions. The situation is profoundly tragic.

Yet the darkest days of the war appear to be over. ISIS and other Islamist military forces have been driven out from their main strongholds by the Syrian army, assisted by Russia. Reconstruction projects are underway. People are beginning to return to their homes. President Assad, meanwhile, is reasserting his authority. Whether Her Majesty’s Government like it or not, he is winning the war and will almost certainly remain in power.

I visited Syria last month with two colleagues from the House of Lords: Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury; and Lord Hylton, a fellow Crossbencher. We were invited by the Syriac Orthodox Patriach and met a variety of religious leaders, representatives of diverse political parties (including the political opposition), nationally and internationally respected artists, musicians and intellectuals, the humanitarian aid organisation St Ephremel Patriarchal Development Committee and members of local communities. All of those whom we met expressed dismay and anger at the devastating impact of British foreign policy.

Their concerns:

  1. Regime change: Despite the well-documented criticisms of the Syrian Government, many Syrians are deeply concerned by the UK’s continued commitment to impose a transition of power, including the removal of President Assad. Everyone we met passionately believes that Syrians should have the right to determine their own future and to elect their own leadership, without foreign interference. As there is no remaining ‘moderate’ armed opposition, it is feared that forced regime change will – to quote three former British ambassadors to Syria (The Times, 21 Dec 2016) – create a “chaotic situation similar to, or perhaps even worse than, those in Iraq and Libya”.
  2. Opposition forces: The British Government has provided massive financial support to so-called ‘moderate’ opposition forces (HL Hansard, 19 Oct 2017). However, we heard time and again that these forces, including the Free Syrian Army, are now dominated by jihadist militants. (One example was powerfully publicised in a recent BBC Panorama investigation ‘Jihadis You Pay For’.) The vast majority of these opposition forces have extremist ideologies, with no intention of creating democracy in Syria.
  3. Sanctions: All of those with whom we met spoke of the serious damage caused by sanctions and the destruction of industrial infrastructure. These greatly harm civilians, for whom it is very difficult to obtain employment, and adequate supplies of food, medicines and medical equipment.

When it comes to devising policies in the Middle East, we have to respect the wishes and concerns of the people in their own country. Yet British foreign policy, as it stands, has failed to adjust to new conditions. There is an urgent need to re-think our priorities and to allow the people of Syria to decide their own future.

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Now in its 14th successful year HART is unique as a charity due to HART’s CEO and founder, Baroness Cox, exercises her unique position in the House of Lords to advocate for our local partners and raise awareness of human rights issues in their countries. Here are some of the highlights from Baroness Cox from the latest news letter-