European Union foreign ministers on Thursday decided to extend sanctions on the Assad regime and its supporters by one more year over the regime's continued crackdown on civilians. The European Council, headquarters of the 27 EU countries, said in a statement Thursday that the sanctions would be extended until June 1, 2021, more than a decade after the conflict began, "as the repression of the civilian population continues." "EU's sanctions…
The US Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Kelly Craft, said that the Assad regime “is intent on exploiting the COVID-19 crisis to its own strategic political and military advantage. In remarks at a UN Security Council briefing on the situation in Syria on Monday, Craft said: “We must collectively ask how the Council can help restore stability to Syria. “The answer lies in advancing all tracks of Resolution 2254,”…
The Lebanese government and army should ensure the disarmament of Hezbollah, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said as he warned of the dangers of the paramilitary group’s involvement in neighboring Syria in advance of Wednesday’s closed-door UN Security Council debate on the matter in New York. “I continue to urge the government and the armed forces of Lebanon to take all measures necessary to prohibit Hezbollah and other armed groups…
European Union members of the Security Council Great Britain, France, Germany, Poland, Belgium, and Estonia on Tuesday called on members of the Council to hold accountable the elements of the Syrian regime involved in the use of chemical weapons against civilians in 2017. A joint statement by the six states welcomed the release of the first report of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on April 8,…
Amnesty International said that it documented 18 attacks by the Assad regime and Russian forces on medical and educational facilities in northwest Syria between February 25 and May 5, 2019. In a report published on Monday, the rights watchdog said that “there is sufficient evidence to conclude that these acts form part of the Syrian government’s systematic, as well as widespread, attack on the civilian population and constitute crimes against…
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