President of the Syrian Coalition Anas Alabdah sent a letter to foreign ministers of the International Syria Support Group protesting against the use of internationally banned weapons and the continued massacres by the Assad regime and its allies against the Syrian people.
The letter called on the ISSG, as the main international sponsor of the political process in Syria, to take immediate and decisive action to ensure these and other crimes against Syrian civilians are duly investigated by the relevant international bodies including Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the UN Commission of Inquiry. It also called for urgent action to ensure that the repetition of such gross violations is prevented by all means.
“It is hardly an exaggeration to say that the very credibility of the international system is at stake here. Failing to act to uphold the values and principles of international law, UN charter and all relevant resolutions would shake people’s faith in this system in Syria, the region and beyond,” the letter said.
Alabdah stressed that the Syrian people “count on the sincere efforts of our good friends in ISSG to send the Syrian people a reassuring message, through action rather than words that would rescue them from total despair and the political process from complete collapse.”
Since the beginning of August, regime and Russian forces have used prohibited weapons on civilians’ areas. “Confirmed and verified reports from Darayya, in Rural Damascus, for example, indicate use of napalm. Furthermore, phosphorous ammunition have been used in various parts of Idlib and Aleppo,” Alabdah added.
Alabdah went on: “The barbaric killing machine of the Assad regime and its allies, the latter continue to outrun themselves to new levels of brutality with complete disregard to human life and international law. As they grow desperate in their endeavors to bomb, kill, maim, torture and starve the Syrian people into subservience, they increasingly hit new levels of barbarity by using indiscriminate methods of war in including internationally prohibited weapons.” (Source: Syrian Coalition)