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Madaya Siege Takes Priority at Coalition, Friends of Syrian Group Meeting

Talks stress the need to create a suitable environment for the negotiations process due to take place at the end of the month
Madaya Siege Takes Priority at Coalition, Friends of Syrian Group Meeting

The Syrian National Coalition said that by allowing aid convoys to enter the embattled town of Madaya in rural Damascus, the Assad regime is admitting its responsibility for the siege against the civilians trapped inside, many of whom have starved to death.

In a meeting between members of the political committee and representatives of the Friends Syrian Group early Monday, both sides condemned the siege of Madaya and all other sieges across Syria.

The meeting also proposed negotiations to be held late January between the Syrian opposition and Assad regime, touching on measures that should be taken ahead of the negotiations while stressing the need to create an appropriate environment for the negotiations process.

The Coalition underlined the need for the Assad regime to immediately implement provisions of the UN Security Council resolution 2254, especially articles 12 and 13 of the resolution regarding humanitarian access and attacks against civilians. The Coalition stressed the need to stop indiscriminate attacks against civilians, lift the siege on the besieged areas, allow the delivery of humanitarian aid, release detainees and reveal the fate of those missing.

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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