Aid money 'trying to achieve the unachievable in northern Syria', says Crispin Blunt MP

Aid money 'trying to achieve the unachievable in northern Syria', says Crispin Blunt MP

Crispin Blunt spoke to Julia Hartley-Brewer about the findings of a BBC investigation into foreign aid (Stock photo)

Monday, December 4, 2017

A leading MP has said foreign aid money is trying to "acheive the unacheivable" in Syria. 

This comes after a BBC Panorama investigation suggested that funds were being diverted to extremists in the country. This prompted a spokesman for the Government to say it taks allegations of co-operation very seriously.

Crispin Blunt, the MP for Reigate and former chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, said he had his own issues with the purpose of the aid money going to northern Syria. 

He told Julia Hartley-Brewer: “there’s nothing wrong with the objective of this fund, but if you’re overseeing something in a warzone, you may have to apply different standards. 

"You’re trying to get stability established and once you get that, aid money can go more effectively to the relief of poverty.

"The issues I’ve got with northern Syria is I think we’ve been trying to achieve something which is unachievable."

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