On 1 July, the Syrian National Coalition Representative to the Benelux and EU, Mouaffaq Nyrabia, delivered a letter to European Ambassadors of the Political and Security Committee within Council of the EU, providing an update on recent efforts of the Coalition.
The letter outlines the need for decisive steps the European Union should take to protect Syrians from Assad’s indiscriminate violence and ISIL’s barbarity, to lay the basis for a political transition to democratic and pluralistic future Syria, and to address the threat the situation in Syria now poses to international security by:
The establishment of a no-fly zone to provide urgent protection for the civilian population from the regime’s barrel bombs and chemical weapons.
Intensify pressure on the Assad regime through more targeted sanctions, including at the regime’s international weapons suppliers and financiers from Iran, Russia and Hizballah.
Consistent strong EU messaging on the need for a political transition is necessary in Syria towards a future without Assad and his illegitimate regime.
Greater support to moderate governance structures inside Syria, working alongside the Syrian Interim Government and the Assistance Coordination Unit, to ensure the delivery of basic services in liberated areas.
The need for the international community to step up plans for the recovery and stabilisation of a post-Assad Syria.