Head of the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC), Anas Abdah, sent a letter to the Secretary-General of the Arab League regarding the latest report issued by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) confirming the responsibility of the Assad regime for three chemical attacks on the town of Latamina in Hama countryside in 2017.
Abdah pointed out that the report stressed the strategic nature of these attacks. The report also stressed that attacks of such a strategic nature would have only taken place on the basis of orders from the higher authorities of the Assad regime’s military command.
Abdah added that the Assad regime did not hand over its entire cache of chemical weapons as it continued to use this type of weapon, stressing the need to enforce fair accountability mechanisms and prevent any possibility of thinking about the normalization of ties with the Assad regime.
The Assad regime did not abide by any of the articles of the proposal the Arab League put forward nine years ago, Abdah said. He added that this caused the death, arrest, disappearance, and displacement of millions of Syrians as well as the destruction of millions of homes, vital facilities, infrastructure, and the human heritage in Syria.
Moreover, Abdah called on the Arab League to support the enforcement of Article 21 of UN Security Council Resolution 2118, which stipulates the imposition of measures under Chapter VII of the UN Charter in the event of non-compliance with the resolution, including the transfer and use of chemical weapons in Syria.
He also called for supporting immediate accountability measures for those involved, especially the highest echelons of the Assad regime. He also called for supporting the political transition through the full implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2254 (2015) and the Geneva Communique of 2012. (Source: SOC’s Media Department)