Secretary-General of the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC), Haytham Rahmeh, said that the deal that was offered to the Assad regime following the Ghouta chemical attack with the support of Russia represented an international license to kill more Syrian civilians with all types of weapons, including barrel bombs and internationally prohibited weapons.
Commenting on the international community’s interaction with the Assad regime’s chemical attack these days nine years ago, Rahmeh added: “They have prohibited the use of chemical weapons, but allowed the Assad regime to use all other types of weapons to kill the Syrian people. This raises serious questions about international system that governs the world.”
“The Assad regime’s chemical attack on eastern Ghouta shocked the Syrian people and the world public opinion as much as it exposed the fragility of the international system in terms of ethics, laws and effectiveness.”
Rahmed added: “Aside from denunciations and condemnations, no action was taken to rein in the criminal or bring justice to the victims. The survival of the terrorist Assad regime in Syria is a total disgrace to the international community.”
He stressed that “the Ghouta Massacre and all other massacres will not be subject to the statute of limitations as we will continue to demand justice and accountability. We will not betray the blood of our fallen heroes who have made tremendous sacrifices for over eleven years.”
On August 21, 2013, the Assad regime committed a horrible massacre in eastern Ghouta near Damascus where more than 1,400 civilians were killed by the nerve agent sarin. The Independent International Commission of Inquiry has established the responsibility of the Assad regime for dozens of chemical attacks across Syria.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)