President of the Syrian Coalition Riad Seif sent letters to the United Nations, the UN Security Council, the Arab League, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Gulf Cooperation Council as well as 26 sisterly and friendly countries stressing the need to stop the brutal onslaught being waged by the Assad regime and its allies on Dara’a and surrounding towns and villages.
Seif stressed that the escalating onslaught on Dara’a constitutes a blatant violation of the ceasefire agreement and all international resolutions. He said the onslaught on Dara’a “also constitutes a major threat to the prospects of reaching a political solution in Syria.”
“Should the Assad regime and its allies be allowed to pursue a military solution in Daraa the way they did in Aleppo under shameful international inaction, Assad would lose every incentive to engage in a political process towards genuine political transition,” Seif said. He warned that the “Syrian people will completely lose faith in the political process which has been thus far the strategic choice of the Syrian opposition.”
Seif called on the international community to address the deteriorating situation in Dara’a, especially the exodus of civilians towards the Jordanian border and the terrible living situation in the area. Furthermore, Seif called for taking “every possibly measure to address the humanitarian disaster incurred by the regime’s onslaught to ease the suffering of the civilian population.”
Urgent action needs to be taken to force the Assad regime and its allies to stop the onslaught on Dara’a and engage seriously and in good faith in the political process, Seif added.
Seif pointed out that it is time the international community establish a mechanism through which such violations of international resolutions and international law can no longer go unpunished. He emphasized that Assad and his allies must be held to account for their crimes in Syria.
(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 18.06.2017)