The Syrian Coalition said that the UN Security Council is facing a "moral challenge" as its members will convene today to vote on a draft resolution calling for a 30-day ceasefire in Syria.
The vote comes as the Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta is coming under a fierce military offensive by regime forces and their allies which killed hundreds of civilians, including many women and children in the past three days.
Secretary-General of the Coalition Nazir al-Hakim said: "The continued failure of the UN Security Council to assume its responsibilities is no longer acceptable. The vote on the draft resolution today poses a moral challenge and any failure will damage the credibility of the international system."
Hakim also said that the Coalition stands ready to participate in today's meeting to brief the UN Security Council on the dire humanitarian situation in Syria, especially in eastern Ghouta.
Hakim pointed out that what is happening in many Syrian cities and towns, especially in eastern Ghouta, shows how the Assad regime and its backers are exploiting the political initiatives and the political and negotiating process in Geneva. "The ball is now in the court of the UN Security Council. We look forward for the session to be held later today,” Hakim said.
The draft resolution, which was presented by Kuwait and Sweden, calls for allowing medical evacuations and the delivery of humanitarian aid to the besieged and affected areas.
The US ambassador to the UN called for an end to human suffering in the besieged eastern Ghouta. In a statement on Wednesday, Nikki Haley urged the Security Council to pass a draft resolution calling for a 30-day ceasefire in Eastern Ghouta.
"It’s time to take immediate action in the hopes of saving the lives of the men, women, and children who are under attack by the barbaric Assad regime," Haley said.
France on Tuesday said that the bombings on eastern Ghouta by the Assad regime and its allies “constitute a serious violation of international humanitarian law.”
“These indiscriminate attacks deliberately target inhabited areas and civilian infrastructure, including medical facilities. They constitute a serious violation of international humanitarian law,” read a statement by the French Foreign Ministry. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department + Agencies)
Secretary-General of the Syrian Coalition, Nazir al-Hakim, met with the General Coordinator of the Syrian Digital School Abdullah Zanjir and Executive Director Mahmoud Sukkar. Both sides thoroughly discussed the educational process for Syrian students and the ways to provide education for the largest number of Syrian students who were not able to complete their education.
"Syria is going through a total humanitarian catastrophe because of the Assad regime’s pursuit of a military solution and the destruction of cities and infrastructure, including schools," Hakim said. “This have had a significant impact on the educational process for students of all ages."
Hakim pointed out that the institutions of the revolution and the opposition are struggling to provide education to Syrian students despite the tragic conditions which made the retention of stability an almost impossible task.
Hakim explained that the Coalition directed the Syrian Interim Government (SIG) to place education on top of its priorities while providing services to the civilian population in the liberated areas.
The school's Executive Director Sukkar gave a detailed explanation of the school's work, adding that the school took the students' circumstances into consideration through the provision of an "unconventional" educational process for students who suffer lack of stability. He noted that they are providing catch-up classes for students who missed classes in the past few years.
Hakim thanked the school staff for the efforts they are making to support the education process. He stressed that the Coalition supports these projects as both sides agreed to discuss cooperation with the SIG’s Ministry of Education in this regard. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)