Jamous: Holding Assad to Account is Key to Bringing About Real Political Transition

A leading figure in the Syrian Coalition said that the crimes of the Assad regime against the Syrian people “cannot be forgotten,” stressing that these crimes “will continue to bring shame on the entire international community which is yet to assume its responsibilities to stop such crimes and hold those responsible to account.”

In a statement to mark the fifth anniversary of the Daryya Massacre, member of the Coalition’s political committee Badr Jamous said that “the emergence of cross-border terrorism was the result of the international community’s failure to hold the terrorist Assad regime accountable for the thousands of crimes it had committed against the Syrian people before the ISIS extremist group emerged in 2013.

Jamous added that the international community’s continued ignoring of the real causes behind the spread of terrorism in Syria undermines efforts to reach real political transition in line with international resolutions. “The implementation of these resolutions is “a moral and legal obligation towards the Syrian people,” he added.

Between 23-26 August 2012, mercenaries of Bashar al-Assad’s Republican Guard, the Fourth Division, led by Maher al-Assad, the Air Force Intelligence, and the Hezbollah militia committed a series of savage crimes claiming the lives of hundreds of civilians in the town of Daryya southwest of Damascus.

In a press release issued on Monday, the Coalition said that Daryya has “become the icon of the revolution whose young men and women set a shining example of an orderly, peaceful, civil movement.”

“Daryya massacre is a stark example of the criminality of the Assad gang and its willingness to commit the most heinous violations and crimes to crush the revolution,” the Coalition added.

“The memory of this massacre and all other massacres against the Syrian people will continue to bring shame on the entire international community which is yet to assume its responsibilities to stop such crimes and hold those responsible to account.”

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 28.08.2017)

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