Member of the Syrian Coalition Mohammad Yahya Maktabi stressed the need for continued pressure on the Assad regime to ensure the implementation of international resolutions and the protection of civilians, one of the UN primary responsibilities.
“Means of pressure are badly need to force the Assad regime to abide by international resolutions on Syria,” Maktabi said. These resolutions have become mere “ink on paper” as they continue to be met with total disregard by Bashar al-Assad.
Maktabi also stressed the need for continued strikes on the air bases the Assad regime uses to launch attacks on civilians.
Increased pressure on the Assad regime will help push the political process forward, Maktabi noted. He added that this would help initiate a transitional phase in accordance with the Geneva Communiqué of 2012 and UN Security Council resolution 2254 through the formation of a transitional governing body with full executive powers.
Maktabi called for a quick return by the US to Syria to counterbalance Russia, Assad’s main ally and the country having the biggest leverage on the political process and on the ground.
The US strikes on Shaerat airbase have sent a strong message to the regime and its backers to stop the killing of the Syrian people and the war crimes they have been committing for over six years, he added. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)