As part of the campaign the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC) has launched to mobilize efforts to condemn the Assad regime following the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ (OPCW) issuance of its report, SOC President, Anas Abdah sent a letter to the Arab states urging them to take a unified stance towards the Assad regime. The OPCW report confirmed the Assad regime’s responsibility for three chemical attacks in the town of Latamina in rural Hama in 2017.
The letter was sent to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, the Sultanate of Oman, Qatar, Yemen, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq, Egypt, Morocco, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Sudan, Mauritania, Somalia, and Djibouti.
President Abdah pointed out that the report stressed the strategic nature of these attacks. The report also stressed that attacks of such a strategic nature would have only taken place on the basis of orders from the higher authorities of the Assad regime’s military command. He stressed the need to prevent any possibility of thinking about the normalization of ties with the Assad regime.
Moreover, President Abdah called on the Arab League to support the enforcement of Article 21 of UN Security Council Resolution 2118, which stipulates the imposition of measures under Chapter VII of the UN Charter in the event of non-compliance with the resolution, including the transfer and use of chemical weapons in Syria.
President Abdah also called for supporting immediate accountability measures for those involved, especially the highest echelons of the Assad regime. He also called for supporting the political transition through the full implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2254 (2015) and the Geneva Communique of 2012. (Source: SOC’s Media Department)