President of the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC), Salem Al-Meslet, has sent letters to several high-ranking officials, including the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, and countries that are friendly to the Syrian people. The purpose of these letters is to highlight the dangers of attempts to rehabilitate the Assad regime and normalize relations with him.
The list of recipient countries includes the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Canada, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Ukraine, and Japan. Al-Meslet emphasizes that any step towards normalization with the Assad regime will not lead to a political solution in Syria, but rather will strengthen the position of war criminals and lead to more atrocities and massacres against the Syrian people.
Al-Meslet reminded that the Assad regime has a long history of committing atrocities against the Syrian people. This includes the use of chemical weapons, as proven by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, support for various terrorist militias, and the use of state institutions in its favor.
He stresses that the Assad regime has worked to destabilize the region by using terrorist tactics to delude the international community into believing that it is the only one capable of restoring stability, just to ensure that it remains in power.
Moreover, Al-Meslet pointed out how the Assad regime has transformed Syria into a global center for the production and export of Captagon drugs, which has become a source of concern and danger for neighboring countries and the international community. He notes that the Assad regime resorted to drug trafficking as a way to circumvent sanctions and avoid economic collapse and even recruited its militias to help in this illegal activity.
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, and harm countless people.
He emphasized that the Syrian people have made it clear that they reject any attempts at normalization with the regime, and they remain committed to the goals and principles of the Syrian revolution. They will continue to work for a free and democratic Syria through peaceful means, calling for respect for the Syrian people’s aspirations and support for their efforts towards a better future.
Al-Meslet called for adhering to the principles of justice and accountability and ensuring that those responsible for crimes against the Syrian people are held accountable. He stressed the need to maintain the isolation of the Assad regime and hold it accountable for its heinous actions, considering that ending its isolation and rewarding it for committing thousands of crimes will hinder all efforts to reach a political solution.
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.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)