The President of the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC), Salem Al-Meslet, has sent letters to the foreign ministers of Arab countries, the Arab League, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and the Gulf Cooperation Council, expressing his concern about recent moves to normalize relations with the Assad regime.
Al-Meslet reminded the recipients that the reasons for boycotting the Assad regime still exist and should not be ignored or forgotten. He stressed that normalization is unlikely to lead to a political solution in Syria and will only backfire, strengthening the position of war criminals and leading to more atrocities against the Syrian people.
Al-Meslet noted that the Assad regime has a long history of committing atrocities against the Syrian people and supporting various terrorist militias, resulting in the deaths of thousands and the displacement of millions.
He emphasized that the regime has used state institutions such as schools, hospitals, and sports stadiums as military barracks and detention centers, committing the most heinous crimes, including the execution of demonstrators.
Al-Meslet also mentioned that the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has proven the Assad regime’s responsibility for chemical attacks in Douma, Saraqib, and Al-Lataminah, which is a serious violation of international law, and such crimes must not go unpunished.
Moreover, Al-Meslet stressed that the Assad regime’s destructive actions in Syria, exporting terrorism and drugs to neighboring countries, serving Iran’s interests in destabilizing the region, and promoting the Khomeinist revolution project, constitute a serious threat to regional and international peace and security.
Al-Meslet demanded that the Assad regime be held accountable for its actions, including drug trafficking, and an end to its criminal behavior. He warned of the implications of any steps towards rapprochement with the regime, calling for respect for the Syrian people’s aspirations and support for their efforts towards a free and democratic Syria through peaceful means.
Al-Meslet called for considering these concerns and upholding the shared moral and human responsibility to hold accountable those who commit crimes against the Syrian people and the region. He stressed the need to maintain the isolation of the Assad regime and hold it accountable for its heinous actions.
Al-Meslet stressed the need to work together to achieve a political transition in Syria and to implement all UN resolutions on Syria, especially the Geneva Communique of 2012 and Resolutions 2118 and 2254, to release detainees, reveal the fate of the missing, and hold war criminals accountable.
He added that delaying the implementation of Resolution 2254 will have a negative impact not only on Syria but also on international peace and security, stressing that it is in everyone’s interest to work for a peaceful solution that benefits the Syrian people and the region as a whole.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)