85. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he has received the humanitarian letter signed by over 100 organisations pleading with all parliamentary institutions throughout the world to stop the genocide, siege and forced displacement happening in eastern Ghouta in Syria; his plans to work urgently with his European counterparts to stop the genocide against civilians and condemn the Syrian regime and its allies’ refusal to abide by the Security Council Resolution 2401; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14134/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - Syrian Conflict)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 63, 68, 85 and 97 together.
I am aware of the letter to which Deputy Kenny refers. The situation in Syria is indeed unconscionable, and I take this opportunity to reiterate my unreserved condemnation of the barbarous violence against civilians that has been the hallmark of this conflict to date. The brutal repression of dissent by the Assad regime, which has included use of chemical weapo...