President of the Syrian Coalition Anas Abdah said that the tragedy in Syria will continue so long as Bashar al-Assad remains in power as he is “part of the problem rather than the solution.”
Speaking at a panel discussion held on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference on Sunday, Abdah said that the Assad regime “has created and is still creating an enabling environment for the spread and growth of terrorism.” He stressed that “there can be no talk about a successful and integrated strategy to fight terrorism as long as Bashar Al-Assad holds to power.”
“The Assad regime and its allies are committing war crimes on a daily basis in Syria,” Abdah noted. He went on to say that the Assad regime “depends on the support from Russia, Iran, and the foreign militias to survive.”
Abdah called on the new US administration to draw up a clear strategy in Syria, pointing out that the Free Syrian Army fought the Assad regime, the ISIS terrorist group, and the foreign militias more than any other party did in Syria.
“For Syrians, there is no difference between the slaughter by knives and the killing by barrel bombs,” Abdah stressed.
“We will go to Geneva in order to reach a political solution leading to a genuine political transition,” Abdah said. He stressed the need for a real political will “to push for serious negotiations and a genuine political transition that meets the demands and aspirations of the Syrian people.”
(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 20.02.2017)