Nazir al-Hakim, Secretary-General of the Syrian Coalition, called on the United Nations to turn its words into deeds and to achieve justice in Syria by holding Bashar al-Assad and all war criminals who committed war crimes and crimes against humanity accountable.
Hakim said that the latest remarks by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres have been repeated numerous times without taking any action to achieve tangible change or deter the war criminals. “We hope that these words will be turned into deeds and will not remain mere threats.”
Hakim stressed that the diplomatic approach has proved ineffective as the Assad regime continues to openly flout international law and international humanitarian law with Russian direct support. He stressed the need for the UN Security Council member states to unite against Russia and take serious measures towards the implementation of UN resolutions 2401. The resolution demanded a 30-day ceasefire, the lifting of the sieges on, the delivery of humanitarian aid to those in need, the release of detainees, and the pushing of the political process ahead to establish a transitional governing body with full powers.
Hakim also underscored the need to activate Chapter VII of the UN Charter to implement international resolutions in Syria. He said that this is the only solution to save the lives of thousands of civilian victims and avert an uncertain future for children in light of the continued military campaigns by the Assad regime.
Hakim pointed out that the Coalition stands ready to cooperate with all United Nations bodies to provide all the necessary evidence for the prosecution of war criminals in Syria. He stressed that the international community should not remain silent about the repeated crimes against Syrian civilians. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)