An official in the Syrian Coalition said that the inability of the international community to stop attacks by the Assad regime and its Russian and Iranian allies on civilians in Syria represents a total disgrace to the international community and risks undermining its credibility and confidence.
Secretary of the Coalition’s political committee Mohammed Yahya Maktabi said that the response of international officials to the situation in Syria does not correspond with the size of responsibility placed on the UN and its institutions in the protection of civilians in times of war and crisis.
The political committee on Thursday convened in the Turkish city of Gaziantep to discuss the latest field and political developments. It reiterated calls on the international community to hold accountable those responsible for the repeated use of poison gas. It strongly condemned all crimes being committed by the Assad regime against civilians.
Maktabi pointed out that the international officials’ continued throwing of blame on all parties in Syria and their equating between the criminal and the victim is immoral. He stressed the need for the UN to assume its responsibilities and condemn the attacks by regime forces and their allied foreign as major war crimes that violate International law and international humanitarian law.
Many areas across Syria have been subjected to an unprecedented military escalation claiming the lives of hundreds of people and wounding thousands more. The attacks also caused widespread destruction to infrastructure and health facilities.
Meanwhile, the Union of Free Syrian Doctors held a sit-in in front of the rubble of a hospital in eastern Ghouta on Wednesday to condemn the international silence about the Assad regime’s massacres in which it used internationally banned weapons and poisonous chlorine gas. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
Head of the Syrian Negotiations Commission Nasr al-Hariri and accompanying delegation met with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in the Jordanian capital Amman on Wednesday.
Hariri stressed the need for a firm international stance towards the Assad regime's repeated use of chemical weapons and for confronting Iran’s growing influence in Syria.
In a statement released following the meeting, the Commission said that the meeting came “amidst agreement on majority of the core issues in Syrian.”
Hariri warned that the Syrian people are losing faith in the negotiating process because of the intransigence of the Assad regime and its obstruction of efforts to find a political solution. He stressed that "the integrity of Syrian territory is a concern for all Syrians."
Hariri also stressed that the implementation of UN resolutions regrading a political transition is the guarantor of the sustainability of the political process and the achievement of its goals. He also underscored the need for “real support for the Syrian opposition which is showing full cooperation and responding positively with the efforts of the international community."
For his part, Tillerson expressed his country's readiness to cooperate with the Commission to push the political process forward. He also stressed the need for Russian cooperation for the success of the political process by bringing the Assad regime to the negotiating table and the need for Iran to stop its military and political interference in Syria.
According to the Commission’s statement, Tillerson said that Washington is working seriously with Moscow on confidence-building measures in line with UN resolutions to address the issue of detainees and ensure humanitarian access to the besieged areas.
He pointed out that the United States is seeking to restart the political process, praising the Commission’s serious efforts to find a solution that meets the aspirations of the Syrian people. Tillerson stressed that the reconstruction process in Syria is contingent on the success of the political process and the creation of a neutral environment.
At the end of the meeting, the two sides agreed to continue consultations and hold more technical meetings to secure real support for the Syrian opposition that is needed to help reach a political solution; stop the deterioration of the overall situation in Syria; and bring about a political transition in accordance with UN resolutions. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department + Agencies)