Vice-president of the Syrian Coalition, Bader Jamous, said that the return of refugees and displaced persons to their homes is contingent on bringing about political transition and the establishment of a safe and stable environment in Syria.
Jamous pointed out that the Assad regime and its security services continue to arrest political dissidents and activists and subject them to brutal torture.
The Assad regime forces are attacking rebel-held areas, transforming them from safe areas to hell on earth by unleashing its air force to rain bombs and missiles on these areas, Jamous said. He raised questions about the fate of refugees if they were forced to return to the regime-held areas.
Jamous pointed out that the return of refugees should be cautiously arranged and supervised by the United Nations in accordance with international laws, stressing that this process must not contravene the Geneva Communiqué and the UN Security Council resolution 2254 regarding a political solution in Syria.
“There will be no safe environment in Syria as long as the Assad regime and its intelligence and security services are there, not to mention the Iranian terrorist militias who have committed the most heinous crimes against civilians for more than seven years.”
Jamous called on the United Nations, especially friendly countries, to resist attempts to return Syrian refugees in these “adverse, unfavorable circumstances. He also reiterated the need to provide protection for civilians and refugees in accordance with international conventions. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)