The opposition High Negotiations Committee said that the horrific crimes carried out by President Bashar al-Assad's regime against the Syrian people strips the leader of all legitimacy, especially after he invited nations and sectarian militias to contribute to the chaos, which has turned the country into a hotbed of conflict and terrorism.
At the end of its regular meeting in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh late last week, the Committee stressed its rejection of all attempts to weaken the national opposition and circumvent the demands of the Syrian people, including a complete political transition as specified by international resolutions, especially resolution 2254 of 2015 which was based on the Geneva statement of 2012.
In its eighth meeting, the committee approved a number of items, most prominently calling upon the United Nations Security Council, every friendly nation and the international community in general to shoulder their responsibility and act immediately to stop the bombardment and slaughter in Syria, especially Aleppo, as well as actively seek to deliver unconditional humanitarian aid. The Committee also demanded an end to forced displacement, which aims to achieve a demographic change that threatens the structure of Syrian society and its future.
The statement issued by the Committee said that among the resolutions to be pursued by the U.N. General Assembly was a resolution to protect the Syrian people in accordance with internationally binding resolutions, based on the principle of “uniting for peace.” It said the Committee was insisting on the need to hold to account those who had committed crimes against the Syrian people through special tribunals, and to pursue the issue of the criminal use of chemical and internationally banned weapons.
The Committee added that the Iranian invasion of Syria was a major danger for the region as Iran was pursuing an ideological project of expansion and aggression against the Arab region, and threatened to spread terrorism throughout the world.
This article was translated and edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.