President of the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC) Nasr al-Hariri, sent a letter to the foreign ministers of the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Turkey, Japan, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Jordan regarding the Assad regime’s continued crimes against the Syrian people. The letter also stressed the need to renew the UN resolution on the cross-border introduction of humanitarian aid for Syrian civilians.
Al-Hariri stressed that “for the past ten years, the Syrian people have been suffering a hellish war being waged by the Assad regime and its allies against them in response to their demands for freedom, dignity, and democracy.”
“The Assad regime has used every means and weapon at its disposal to suppress the Syrian revolution, including chemical weapons, besiegement, and starvation. We affirm that the Assad regime bears full responsibility for the plight of the Syrian people, whether in Syria or abroad,” the letter added.
He also underscored the importance of extending UN Security Council Resolution 2533 (2020) on the cross-border delivery of humanitarian aid. We stress the need to send relief aid through the four border crossings (Bab al-Salam, Bab al-Hawa, Al Yarubiyah and Al-Ramtha) and add a fifth one in the town of Tal Abyad in Raqqa province to ensure that aid reaches as many people in need as possible.
“The importance of renewing the UN resolution stems from the urgent need to continue the providing of humanitarian and medical assistance in view of the dire humanitarian and economic conditions as well as the coronavirus outbreak.”
The letter went on: “We express our hope that Russia would not block again the renewal of the resolution. Failing to renew the resolution would cause a major humanitarian disaster given the sheer number of the IDP in the liberated areas..”
Moreover, al-Hariri called on the friendly states to take actions if necessary, outside the UN Security Council to ensure cross-border delivery of humanitarian aid to those in need in Syria. He also called for helping protect the Syrian people from the war crimes committed by the Assad regime and its allies.
He also called for supporting the establishment of practical time framed mechanisms for the full implementation of UN Resolution 2254, especially the formation of a Transitional Governing Body (TGB) with full powers, which is the core of a political transition in Syria.
Al-Hariri called for “using all the means at your disposal to exert real pressure on the Assad regime to force it to give relevant organizations, like the International Committee of the Red Cross, immediate and full access to detention centers in order to ascertain the conditions of detainees. He also called for pressing for saving the lives of hundreds of thousands of detainees and ensure their immediate release. (Source: SOC’s Media Department)