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Syrian Coalition President Meets Dutch Envoy & Discusses with him Assad Crimes Against Civilians

President of the Syrian Coalition Abdurrahman Mustafa met the Dutch Special Envoy to Syria Gerard Steeghs and discussed with him the war crimes being committed by the Assad regime and the Iranian terrorist militias against the civilians in Syria.

The meeting discussed prospects for reinvigorating the UN-led political process in Geneva as both sides stressed the need to work for a political solution in accordance with the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN Security Council resolution 2254 and achieve a comprehensive political transition in Syria.

President Mustafa condemned allowing the Assad regime to take over the rotational presidency of the UN disarmament forum on chemical and nuclear weapons, stressing that it was shock to humanity’s conscience and a ruthless betrayal of victims of the Assad’s chemical attacks, which exceeded 200 ones.

President Mustafa warned of the grave implications of Law No. 10 which the Assad regime has issued recently as it allows the regime to confiscate property of Syrian refuges and the displaced people under the pretext of rezoning the destroyed areas. He cautioned that such measure would prevent the return of refugees to their areas of origin.

Moreover, President Mustafa pointed out that such measure is aimed at bestowing legitimacy to the mass forced displacement being carried out by the Assad regime as well as its Russian and Iranian allies in various areas across Syria. He underscored that these acts constituted war crimes that are punishable under international law.

President Mustafa called for protecting civilians in Idlib province which has became densely-populated especially after the arrival of large numbers of displaced persons from other parts of Syria.

President Mustafa stressed that humanitarian assistance needs to be urgently provided to the displaced people as he noted that large numbers of civilians, mostly children and women, are without adequate shelter or food.

The Syrian Coalition is working to provide services to the local population in the liberated areas through the Syrian Interim Government (SIG) and the Assistance Coordination Unit (ACU), President Mustafa said. He added that the Coalition is continuing to work on the formation of local councils to ensure real, adequate representation of the local communities.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 28.05.2018)


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