The United States has renewed its commitment along with the international community to hold the Assad regime to account for its atrocities against the Syrian people.
In comments published on Twitter to mark the second anniversaries of the chemical attacks on Khan Sheikhoun and Douma, the US State Department said it would continue its efforts to uphold international norms against the use of chemical weapons.
Last week, the United States, the United Kingdom, and France reaffirmed their firm resolve to respond appropriately to any use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime. They said they “remain determined to hold it accountable for indiscriminately killing innocent men, women and children with these heinous weapons.”
The three countries on Friday issued a joint statement marking the second anniversary of the chemical weapon attack the Assad regime launched in the town of Khan Sheikhan in rural Idlib claiming the lives of about 100 civilians and injuring more than 400 others.
The trio of countries went on: “Responsible states have remained committed to upholding the prohibition against chemical weapons and ensuring that there will be no impunity for those who use, seek to use, or protect those who use these weapons, in particular by strengthening the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).”
The Syrian Coalition earlier said that the appropriate, effective response to the Assad regime’s crimes and the situation that Russia seeks to consolidate requires the urgent implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions. They also require international action to ensure that the Assad regime, Iran and Russia respect these resolutions; engage in the political process; and start the process of political transition in accordance with the Geneva Communique of 2012 UN Security Council resolutions 2118 and 2254 under the auspices of the United Nations.
The Coalition stressed the responsibility of the international community for bringing the criminals to justice as it called for a common position to bring war criminals from the regime officials to justice before the ICC. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)