Syrian Opposition Coalition
Department of Media and Communications
March 17, 2023
The Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC) has welcomed the joint statement issued by the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, and France on the twelfth anniversary of the start of the Syrian revolution. The statement expresses their refusal to normalize relations with the Assad regime or lift sanctions against it, and calls for holding the regime accountable for its human rights violations since 2011.
The SOC emphasized the significance of this statement in stopping attempts by some countries to normalize relations with the Assad regime. The SOC also pointed out the need for major players to move beyond expressing their stances and implement effective measures to address the situation in Syria, including holding the regime accountable, achieving political transition, and putting an end to the human suffering caused by the regime and its allies.
The Syrian people’s demands and aspirations have remained clear and consistent since the start of the revolution in 2011. The free men and women of Syria continue to fill the squares with demonstrations, twelve years after the revolution began, to
stress the necessity of overthrowing the criminal Assad regime. The regime is a genocidal one that does not represent the Syrian people, and no solution can be reached for the country as long as it remains in power.
The regime has also handed over Syria to militias and foreign occupations, becoming a servant of Russia and Iran and a partner in their war against Ukraine. Additionally, the regime has turned its areas of control into a center for manufacturing drugs and distributing them around the world.