President of the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC) Nasr Al-Hariri sent a legal memorandum to the UN Secretary-General António Guterres, President of the UN General Assembly Volkan Bozkir, and current President of the UN Security Council Linda Thomas-Greenfield regarding the Assad regime’s bombardment on the Atareb hospital, Qah IDP camp and targets close to Bab al-Hawa border crossing in northwestern Syria.
Al-Hariri said that “it has become imperative for the international community to take effective measures to avoid Russia’s continued behavior in preventing the Security Council from carrying out its duties in saving the Syrian people from genocide, in implementing its commitment under its resolutions, and in carrying out its duties – in accordance with the Charter – in protecting international peace and security.”
Al-Hariri stressed that “the credibility of the United Nations is at stake, and the continued impunity of the Assad regime deepens the culture of taking right by one’s self, and threatens the future of peace and stability in the region and the world.”
He said that these attacks constitute a blatant violation of the de-escalation zone agreement, UN Security Council resolutions, principles of international humanitarian law, international human rights law, the four Geneva Conventions and their appendices, the Rome Statute, and all relevant international agreements.
Al-Hariri called for registering the memorandum as an official document, condemning the aggressive hostilities of Russia, the Assad regime and Iran, working hard to stop them, and announcing effective measures that oblige the regime and its supporters to comply with international resolutions, ensure the protection of civilians in Syria, and ensure that the necessary accountability measures are taken to prevent the impunity of those involved.
He also called for finding opportunities to redress victims, and demanding Russia to compensate the Syrian people for the material and moral damage it caused in Syria.
Moreover, he called for “working to de-represent the Assad regime in international forums due to its violations of the principles and charter of the United Nations, or at least work to stop the Assad regime from exercising membership rights and benefits in accordance with Articles 5 of the Charter.”
Al-Hariri also called for supporting the efforts of the political process towards achieving a political transition and not allowing the regime to foil it again, given that a comprehensive solution to the humanitarian crisis in Syria requires reaching a political solution with the full implementation of the Geneva Communique and Security Council resolutions, especially 2118 (2013) and 2254 (2015) and the General Assembly resolutions, including 67/262. (Source: SOC’s Media Department)