Vice-president of the Syrian Coalition Abdul Rahman Mustafa said the top priority of the international community should be to hold Bashar al-Assad and his clique accountable for the thousands of war crimes they have committed in Syria.
The Assad regime does not threaten the security of Syria alone, but also threatens the stability of the entire region and beyond, Mustafa said. He cited the Assad regime’s support for Qaeda in Iraq and for the Hezbollah militias in Lebanon and its involvement in the assassination of a number of leaders and officials in Lebanon and Arab countries.
Mustafa stressed that the attempts to produce or rehabilitate the Assad regime are contrary to international laws and risk threatening international peace and security. He stressed that the Syrian people will no longer accept to be ruled by a regime that killed more than half a million Syrians, displaced millions more, and destroyed the state economy.
Mustafa made it clear that the failure of the international community to hold Bashar al-Assad accountable or refer him to the International Criminal Court will not dissuade the Syrian people from their demands for freedom and dignity and the transition to a democratic state that guarantees respect and equality for all.
Throughout its history, Syria has never accepted to be divided, Mustafa said. He added that Syria will recover from the current crisis and will be independent of the Russian and Iranian occupation and without Bashar al-Assad. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)