A draft resolution condemning war crimes in Syria will be put to vote at the UN General Assembly on Wednesday. The resolution will call for the establishment of an independent international investigation mechanism to look into the war crimes being committed by the Assad regime forces and their allied foreign militias across Syria.
The draft resolution, which will be presented by Qatar and Liechtenstein with the support of Arab and Western countries, will call on the UN Secretary General to lay out a mechanism for accountability for war crimes in Syria. It will also call on the UN secretary-general to submit a report on the implementation of the resolution within 45 days of its adoption.
At a meeting at the level of permanent representatives at the UN General Assembly that was held at the request of Qatar, the General Assembly said that the actions of the Assad regime and its allies in Aleppo and other Syrian cities amount to war crimes and a flagrant violation of international law, international humanitarian law, and the four Geneva Conventions.
The UN Security Council on Monday unanimously called for UN officials and others to observe the evacuation of people from eastern Aleppo and monitor the safety of civilians who remain in the rebel-held part of the city.
The 15-member council overcame long-held divisions to adopt a French-drafted resolution calling for UN officials and others “to carry out adequate, neutral monitoring and direct observation on evacuations.”
Secretary-General of the Syrian Coalition Abdel Ilah Fahd on Monday stressed the need to coordinate efforts with local and international organizations to alleviate the suffering of the people of Aleppo who were uprooted from their homes and address the tragic situation in Aleppo.
The Arab League on Monday called on the international community to put pressure on the Assad regime to allow the opening of humanitarian safe corridors to relive civilians trapped in besieged eastern Aleppo which has been subjected to fierce onslaught by the Assad regime and its Russian and Iranian allies. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Office + Agencies)