The Syrian National Coalition’s political committee on Thursday held its regular meeting to discuss the latest on the ground and political developments in Syria. Coalition President, Anas al-Abda, took part in the meeting.
Members of the committee discussed the on the ground and military reports as well as the massacres taking place against civilians in Idlib province as a result of continued bombardment and shelling by the Assad regime and its backers.
They stressed that these crimes are part of a relentless campaign to exterminate and displace civilians and destroy their towns and villages. They said that the international community has an obligation to put an end to these massacres; protect civilians; and enforce international resolutions on Syria, most importantly the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN Resolution 2254.
Coordinators of the Coalition’s departments gave an overview of the results of their recent visits to the United States and the European Union.
They also discussed the results of the latest Astana meeting as they underscored the need to establish a ceasefire, ensure protection for civilians in accordance with international humanitarian law, ensure the release of detainees, ensure increased humanitarian assistance, and ensure the creation of a safe, neutral environment to allow the safe, voluntary return of refugees and the IDPs to their places of origin. They also reiterated that there is no military solution in Syria as they stressed the need to push the UN-led political process forward.
Members of the committee also discussed the latest developments in the Caesar Act which is expected to be ratified by Washington in the coming period, stressing the importance of such laws to hold perpetrators of war crimes in Syria to account and to prevent impunity. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)