Head of the Syrian Coalition’s legal committee Hisham Marwa said that a great security achievement that the Obama administration can accomplish is to force the Assad regime and its allies to respect the cessation of hostilities agreement that was reached through the UN Security Council resolution 2268.
Marwa also said: “The formation of a transitional governing body (TGB) is essential to eradicating terror in Syria,” adding that “all Syrians will rally around the TGB which will take on combatting terrorism and extremist ideologies.”
Marwa expressed hope that “the international community will help initiate a transitional period in early August,” acknowledging that the Assad regime and its allies “will do everything to prevent the formation of the TGB especially as they have not shown full commitment to the cessation of hostilities agreement.”
“The relentless aerial campaign on eastern Ghouta and northern rural Homs, the tightening of the siege on Darya and Moadamiya by regime forces, and the preparations to complete the encirclement of Aleppo clearly indicate that the Assad regime and its allies, particularly Russia, are not serious about reaching a political solution to the conflict. The Russians are clearly unwilling to press the Assad regime to abide by the truce,” Marwa added.
Marwa pointed out that the Syrian opposition “has fully committed to the truce and is keen on making it a success,” adding that “the opposition suspended participation in the Geneva negotiations in response to the repeated breaches of the truce by regime forces.”
“The Syrian opposition is fully committed to the political process and insists on the need to implement the Geneva Communique of 2012 as well as the UN Security Council resolutions on Syria. These steps are essential prerequisites to the resumption of negotiations in Geneva.” (Source: Syrian Coalition + The Republic Newspaper)