The Syrian Coalition held the international community responsible for the Assad regime’s continued crimes against Syrian civilians, especially its repeated use of chemical weapons. It stressed that the silence about these crimes and the use of chemical weapons has encouraged the regime to commit further crimes and escalate its attacks on civilians.
In a press release marking the second anniversary of the Assad regime’s chemical weapons attack on the town of Douma near Damascus, the Coalition said that Russia continues to block all efforts aimed at ensuring accountability and has been avidly seeking to sabotage all opportunities for solution through diplomatic and political ways.
“The appropriate, effective response to the Assad regime’s crimes and the situation that Russia seeks to consolidate requires the urgent implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions. They also require international action to ensure that the Assad regime, Iran and Russia respect these resolutions; engage in the political process; and start the process of political transition in accordance with the Geneva Communique of 2012 UN Security Council resolutions 2118 and 2254 under the auspices of the United Nations,” the Coalition said.
The Syrian Coalition held the Assad regime and its allies responsible for these chemical attacks, murders and displacement as it stresses the responsibility of the international community for bringing the criminals to justice. It called for a common position to bring war criminals from the regime officials to justice before the ICC.
Moreover, the Coalition stressed the need to reactivate the Joint International Investigation Commission, refer the war crimes in Syria to the International Criminal Court, and to impose the most severe sanctions against anyone whose hands are stained with the blood of the Syrian people. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
President of the Syrian Coalition Abdulrahman Mustafa and members of the political committee on Tuesday met with Joel Rayburn, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Levant Affairs and Special Envoy for Syria in the U.S. State Department and an accompanying team. The two sides discussed the progress in the dialogue on the establishment of a safe zone east of the Euphrates and sparing the region any military action.
The two sides also discussed the latest political and field developments in Syria, most notably the serious military escalation by the Assad regime and its allies in northern Syria, the United States’ recent decision to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps as a terrorist group, and the issue of the safe zone.
President Mustafa said that the Assad regime continues to commit crimes against unarmed civilians in the provinces of Idlib, Aleppo and Hama, noting that the regime and its allies have most recently used the white phosphorous and cruise missiles in their bombing campaign.
President Mustafa underlined the importance of holding the Assad regime accountable for these crimes as key to the political process that was laid out in international resolutions on Syria, most notably the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN Security Council resolution 2254. He called on the United States and its allies to ratchet up pressure on the Assad regime to force it to respect the Idlib ceasefire agreement and agree on the resumption of the political process.
With regard to the issue of east of the Euphrates River, President Mustafa stressed the importance of US-Turkish agreement in that region. He also underlined the important role the Syrian Interim Government could play in governance. He went on to say that the Syrian Coalition is working on the restructuring of the Syrian Interim Government and developing a new plan of action to operate in Syria’s north. He pointed to the importance of support from friendly countries for the success of these efforts.
For his part, Mr. Rayburn said that his country is currently focusing on supporting accountability and preventing impunity. He cited war crimes being committed by the Assad regime, including those that were revealed by the Caesar photos. He also touched on the latest developments in the Caesar Bill which the US already adopted.
He pointed out that Washington would not allow Iran to continue to commit crimes against civilians in Syria, adding that these crimes are one of the reasons behind the US decision to designate the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist group.
Mr. Rayburn stressed the importance of ensuring the engagement of all components of the north east region in the local councils, the continued dialogue on the establishment of a safe zone, and averting any military option. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)