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Prague, Nov 21 (CTK) – Only 26 percent of Czechs follow the development of the armed conflict in Syria that started six years ago, but a majority of Czechs support the participation of their country in dealing with the situation, according to the latest CVVM poll released on Tuesday.

Most Czechs support fundraising campaigns in aid of the people affected by the Syrian conflict (59 percent), maintaining diplomatic contacts with the Syrian government (55 percent) and sending Czech doctors to Syria (55 percent).

The group of those who assess possible Czech engagement in political negotiations about the Syrian conflict positively (46 percent) is larger than the group opposing it (35 percent), the poll showed.

A majority of Czechs is against the resettlement of successful Syrian asylum seekers in the Czech Republic (72 percent) and sending Czech troops to Syria (68 percent). Only 15 percent would accept the Syrian refugees and 18 percent would support sending troops to Syria.

Critical views of the activities of individual parties involved in the Syrian conflict prevail among Czechs. The only exception are the activities of their own country, which 30 percent viewed positively and 23 percent negatively.

The activities of Russia were considered the least negatively, followed by those of the United Nations. Czechs were the most critical of the role of the United States.

However, in all of these cases, two fifths of people said they did not know. When asked about their stance on the Syrian opposition, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, a majority of Czechs said they did not know.

The poll was conducted in September on 970 people aged over 15.

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