The Syrian Negotiations Commission criticized the visit by the UN envoy Geir Pedersen to the city of Homs, stressing that this primary task is “bringing the negotiating parties together and forcing Assad to sit at the negotiating table in Geneva.”
Pedersen visited the city of Homs during his second official visit to Syria since he undertook his role as the UN envoy in January. The UN envoy met with the mayor of Homs and the UN team in the region, as well as a shelter for displaced Syrian men, women and children.
“Mr. Pedersen should focus on his main task, namely to reconcile the parties to the negotiations and force Assad to sit at the negotiating table in Geneva to find a solution instead of boasting about visiting the ruins of a city that was destroyed by Assad and his supporters by brutal bombardment in which they used various types of weapons, including chemical weapons,” the Syrian Negotiations Commission said in comments on Twitter on Wednesday.
Member of the Commission Ibrahim al-Jibbawi said that the UN envoy’s visit to Homs and his meeting with its mayor represented a provocation to the feelings of the Syrians who were forced out of their homes by the sectarian regime to camps lacking the necessities of life after it reduced the city into rubble.”
“Does Mr. Pederson know that the Assad regime is blocking the UN humanitarian aid to these people and send to its mercenaries and the militias that are killing the Syrian people,” al-Jibbawi said.
“Did Mr. Pedersen visit a IDP camp in northern Syria or a refugee camp in neighboring countries?” al-Jibbawi asked. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)