President of the Syrian Coalition Anas Abdah sent a letter to the 15-member group of friends of the Syrian people as well as to international and regional organizations to press for stopping the brutal bombing campaign by the Assad regime and Russia air forces.
Abdah called for urgent action to save the people of Aleppo from the ongoing genocide as he warned of an unprecedented humanitarian disaster having serious political, humanitarian consequences for the Syrian people and the peoples of the region.
Abdah also called for effective and practical steps to ensure the lifting of sieges and alleviating the suffering of the besieged people through airdrops of aid to civilians trapped inside. Abdah also called for public condemnation of the bombing of Aleppo by Russia and the Assad regime, stressing the need to set up an international committee to prosecute those responsible and ensure that perpetrators of crimes are held to account through the referral of the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court and the provision of all means to protect civilians in accordance with international law.
Furthermore, the letter called for exerting pressure on Iran to withdraw all its militias from Syria and for condemning the crimes they are committing against Syrian civilians, most notably the mass forced displacement of the civilian population and replacing them with foreign settlers with the aim of changing the demographic, social, and cultural identity of the majority of the regime-held areas. These foreign militias must be designated as terrorist groups and their leaders must be prosecuted, the letter added.
Abdah called for pressure on Russia and its allies to ensure the full implementation of Articles 12, 13, and 14 of the UNSC resolution 2254 (2015).
Abdah also underscored that the real solution in Syria lies in the full implementation of the plan for political transition set out in the Geneva Communique of 2012 and the relevant UNSC resolutions, most importantly resolutions 2118 (2013) and 2254 (2015), as well as the establishment of a transitional governing body that transitions Syria from tyranny to democracy with the participation of all Syrian people without exception.
The letter expressed gratitude for the efforts of France in its quest to host a high-level meeting to support the Syrian people as well as its call for an urgent UN Security Council meeting to discuss the situation in Syria.
(Source: Syrian Office’s Media Office / 01.12.2016)