The Syrian Coalition called on the UN Security Council to prevent Russia from voting on the resolutions on Syria as Russia is a party to the massacres taking place in the Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta.
Vice-president of the Coalition Salwa Aksoy said that Moscow is a key party to the conflict in Syria as it intervened against the Syrian people. According to the United Nations Charter, countries that are parties to conflicts cannot vote on draft resolutions at the UN Security Council, Aksoy said, stressing that “allowing Russia to vote will keep the Security Council disabled.”
“We salute the heroic resilience of our people in eastern Ghouta and the bravery of the Free Syrian Army fighters in defending their people and their land,” Aksoy said. She called for an immediate end to the siege of eastern Ghouta and for holding accountable the Iranian and other militias involved in the siege of the Damascus suburb.
Aksoy stressed that genocide and crimes against humanity are taking place in eastern Ghouta in violation of International Law and International Humanitarian Law. She held Russia directly responsibile for these crimes as she underscored that Russia’s actions only serve transnational terrorism and terrorist organizations.
Furthermore, Aksoy called for the enforcement of Article 21 of UN Security Council resolution 2118 to punish those responsible for the use of chemical weapons in Syria under Chapter VII of the UN Charter. She called for an emergency meeting of the UN General Assembly to take action to protect civilians in eastern Ghouta from the continued bombardment and violations. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)