The Council of the Arab League expressed its strong condemnation and disappointment of the ongoing heinous crimes committed by the Assad regime against innocent civilians, as well as the regime’s systematic destruction of all means of life in that country, particularly in populated areas and cities.
The Council made its remarks Tuesday in conclusion of the extraordinary session of its Council on the level of permanent delegates, held at the request of Kuwait to discuss the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Aleppo.
The Council reiterated its firm stand toward supporting the political solution through a joint political process in Syria that meets the aspiration of the Syrian people in accordance with the Geneva Communique of 2012.
The Council also expressed deep concern toward the deterioration of the humanitarian situations in Aleppo and other Syrian cities, calling the international community and humanitarian organizations to intervene to put in place an immediate ceasefire and ensure the delivery of urgent humanitarian aid in Syria.
The Council also expressed strong condemnation of the barbaric massacres committed by ISIS and Al-Nusra Front against unarmed and innocent civilians and international workers in various Syrian cities and towns.
Moreover, it called on donor countries to quickly honor their commitments made at previous conferences, hosted by Kuwait, in addition to the London conference in order to support the current humanitarian situation in Syria and provide the necessary humanitarian support to Syria’s neighboring countries hosting Syrian refugees.
The Council urged the Arab Group in New York to request the holding of an extraordinary session by the UN General Assembly under the title “Uniting for Peace” to discuss the dire humanitarian situation in Aleppo and other Syrian cities and towns as well as to take urgent measures to reach a ceasefire and revive the political process in Syria in case the UN Security Council failed to assume its responsibilities.
The Syrian Coalition and the Free Syrian Army groups stressed that the negotiations process, on its current basis, is meaningless in light of the ongoing bombardment, killing, and destruction by the Assad regime and its allies.
In a joint statement released on September 25, the Coalition and FSA groups stressed that Russia can no longer be a sponsor of the negotiations process because it is a partner to the regime’s crimes against the Syrian people.
The Coalition underscored that “partial solutions will not contribute to the stopping of killing or the alleviation of the suffering of civilians. It is, therefore, imperative to exert pressure on the Assad regime and its Russian ally to ensure full implementation of the cessation of hostilities agreement (CoH); the end of killing and destruction; and laying out the groundwork for a political solution in line with UN Security Council resolutions; a solution that meets the aspirations of the Syrian people.” (Source: Syrian Coalition + Agencies)