A high-level delegation of the Syrian National Coalition, headed by President Anas Al-Abda, began a tour to Italy and the Vatican City as part of a plan to mobilize international support to stop the onslaught being launched by the Assad regime forces on Idlib with Russian and Iranian support. The tour will also seek a return to the negotiating table and ensure the enforcement of international resolutions, most importantly the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN resolution 2254.
The Coalition’s delegation will put forward several proposals for ensuring protection of civilians, the launch of a relief program for the IDPs, and ensuring support for the programs being developed by the Syrian Interim Government to manage the liberated areas and enable civilians to stay in their homes. The proposals will focus on the importance of deterring the Assad regime and its allies from targeting civilians in the ‘de-escalation zone’ in northwestern Syria. The delegation will also highlight the regime’s war crimes such as the bombing of healthcare centers, schools, public markets, and houses as the main reason of any new possible wave of refugees.
The delegation will also call on friendly states to support the UN efforts to revitalize the political process which has been stalled due to the intransigence of the Assad regime and its insistence on pursuing a bloody military solution. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)