​The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby, has told the House of Lords that any intervention in Syria must be effective in terms of preventing any further use of chemical weapons. “I’ve not yet heard that that has been adequately demonstrated as likely,” he said.
 
Both Archbishop Welby and his predecessor George Carey have warned of the consequences of military action in Syria.
 
In an interview with The Telegraph, Archbishop Welby said British Members of Parliament must be sure about the facts on the ground before acting amid "a really delicate and dangerous situation". He said there were "numerous intermediate steps" to consider between doing nothing and regime change, adding there was no "good answer" or any simple solutions.
 
In his interview with The Telegraph, Archbishop Welby also highlighted the plight of Christians in the region, saying that people there had a "terrible sense of fear about what might come out of, what might be happening in the next few weeks."
 
Lord Carey of Clifton, who was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1991 until 2002, said armed intervention in Syria could lead to a regional war. He said he shared the British Prime Minister's outrage at a government using chemical weapons against its own people, but was opposed to the UK entering into the conflict in Syria.
 
Click here to see the transcript of Archbishop Welby’s remarks in the House of Lords on 29 August.
 

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