Syrian protestors on Monday commemorated the fourth anniversary of the Ghouta massacre which was committed by the Assad this day four years ago claiming the lives of about 1,200 civilians, mostly children and women.
Syrian activists organized dozens of demonstrations and sit-in across Syria and in the diaspora, holding placards that called for brining Bashar al-Assad to justıce for being behind the orders that led to the death of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians.
On August 21, 2013, the Assad regime forces shelled eastern Ghouta and the district of Muwadamiya in western Gauta in the Damascus suburbs with sarin-filled rockets, killing about 1,200 civilians, mostly women and children.
In a report issued on August 14, the Syrian Network for Human Rights said it had recorded a total of 207 chemical weapons attacks since 2011, 174 of which took place after the adoption of UN Security Council resolution 2118 on September 27, 2013. The resolution threated measures under Chapter VII of the UN Charter of the United Nations in the case non-compliance.
The Syrian Coalition called upon the UN Security Council and the international community to assume their responsibilities to hold accountable hose responsible for the use of chemical weapons in Syria and all other crimes against civilians. It also called for taking urgent action to ensure these crimes are stopped.
"Despite the continued inaction by the international community, the Syrian people will remain true to the blood of their fallen heroes. This inaction will only increase their determination to achieve the goals of the revolution of freedom, justice and dignity," the Coalition said in a press release issued on Monday. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
Abdelhakim Bashar, former Vice-president of the Syrian Coalition, said that though the Assad regime cannot reject negotiations outright, it still procrastinates and tries to wiggle out of its obligations with regards to the negotiations process.
The international community will not allow the Assad regime to carry on with its dodging and procrastination indefinitely, Bashar said. “The Assad regime will enter to negotiations only because of international pressure rather than because it is willing to do so as negotiations are aimed at the implementation of UN Security Council resolution 2254 which will lead to the formation of a Transitional Governing Body (TGB) without the head of the regime and its inner circle.
"Assad" clearly contradicts himself. It accuses the opposition of terrorism while announcing it is ready to engage with it in negotiations scheduled for late August in Astana and early September in Geneva,” Bashar added. He pointed out that such remarks are "aimed only at strengthening the regime’s negotiating position," adding that the "Syrian opposition" still supports political solution in Syria in accordance with the Geneva Communique of 2012 and the UN Security Council Resolution 2254.
With regards to the Assad regime’s announcement that it will not engage in security coordination with countries that support the Syrian opposition, Bashar explained that it is these countries who have thus far refused to coordinate security with the Assad regime. He noted that “the Assad regime would not hesitate to cooperate with these countries should they invite it to do so.”
Bashar also said that the Syrian Coalition still insists on bringing all those whose hands are stained with the blood of the Syrians people to trial at the International Criminal Court. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department + Smart News Network)