Secretary of the Syrian National Coalition’s political committee, Riyad Al-Hassan, warned Russia against blocking the renewal of a UN Security Council’s resolution on the delivery of humanitarian aid to those in need in Syria. He stressed that Russia does not fulfill its international obligations nor does it respect the very resolutions it took part in drafting.
Al-Hassan said that Russia would make a grave mistake and commit another crime against the Syrian people if it blocks the renewal of UN resolution 2165 on humanitarian aid or if it puts new restrictions requiring that aid be delivered via the regime-controlled border crossings. He pointed out that Russia is seeking to enable the regime to seize UN aid and distribute it to its thugs thus denying much-needed aid to 13 million Syrians in urgent need.
Al-Hassan said that Russia vowed to deliver humanitarian aid in the Astana 14 meeting, but now it is raining bombs on the town of Maaret al-Numan in rural Idlib, killing children and women.
The war crimes taking place in Idlib, coupled with attempts to block the delivery of humanitarian aid and disrupt the work of the Constitutional Committee, show the true face of Russia and the grudge it harbors against the Syrian people which it is seeking to starve and prolong their suffering.
Al-Hassan slammed Russia's “irresponsible use of its veto power which paralyzed the UN Security Council and made it unable to hold the criminal regime accountable. He said that the Russian veto also crippled the UN Security Council from assuming its duties to protect Syrian civilians and demanded that Russia be stripped of its veto power which is shielding Bashar al-Assad and his thuggish regime. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
President of the Syrian National Coalition, Anas al-Abda, have conducted extensive contacts with officials and diplomats of friendly and sisterly countries of the Syrian people to mobilize an international position towards the brutal onslaught being waged by the Assad regime and Russia against civilians in Idlib province, especially the hysterical bombardment on the town of Maaret al-Numan.
President Al-Abda underscored the need for a firm international stance towards the atrocities taking place against civilians in Idlib province, warning of the consequences of the international community’s continued failure to shoulder its responsibilities with regards to ensuring protection for civilians and implementing international resolutions.
Moreover, President Al-Abda stressed that the crimes being committed by the Russian and Assad regime forces constitute blatant violation of the international law and international humanitarian law. “Amidst a pressing need for a ceasefire and intensified international efforts to reach a political solution in accordance with the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN resolution 2254, the Assad regime and Russian forces are carrying out a genocide and seeking to undermine the political process.”
“The town of Maaret al-Numan was subjected to an unprecedented bombardment with ballistic missiles and cluster munitions which forced tens of thousands of civilians to flee to safer areas,” President Al-Abda said. He pointed out that the town’s residents are known for their moderate, national views as well as for being at the forefront of the revolution aimed at achieving the Syrian people’s aspirations for freedom and dignity. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)