Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has paved the way for more of the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. He stated that in the event of democratic elections supervised by the United Nations, Assad should be allowed to stand as a candidate. This represents a dramatic shift in British foreign policy.
Speaking to the House of Lords International Relations Committee, Johnson said,
“It has been the long-standing position of the Government that Assad must go and we are facing the reality that things have changed and we have to think what is best for the Syrian people.
“We are getting to the stage where some sort of democratic resolution has got to be introduced.
“I would hope it would be possible to have a plebiscite or an election which is properly supervised by the UN and in which all the 11 million displaced persons, including the four million who are outside Syria now, are fully entitled to vote.
“We believe in democracy, we support democracy, and if there is a political solution then I don’t think we can really avoid such a democratic event. I think that is the way forward.”
Vast swathes of the Syrian population are internally displaced and refugees:
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