The opposition Syrian National Coalition (SNC) called on the United Nations (UN) to strip the international legitimacy from the Syrian government and expel the government’s representatives from the UN.
The political board of the SNC released a statement calling the international community to grant the Syrian government’s seat at the UN to the SNC given it is the legitimate representative of the Syrian people.
The statement said the officers have made a decision to communicate with the UN to take back Syria’s seat and give it to its real owners.
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“Assad’s support to Russia as well as Syria’s vote against the decision that condemns Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in the General Assembly confirms that Bashar al-Assad’s government follows Putin’s,” the statement said.
“Such vote does not represent the Syrian people who stand with the Ukrainian people,” the statement added.
The SNC considered the Syrian government seat in the UN as an “illegitimate matter” and an instant decision should be made as soon as possible.
Assad is not a decision-maker and only implements the orders of Putin. This confirms that Syria’s seat in the UN is used for purposes that serve only Assad’s and Russia’s interests, the statement noted.
A leading Syrian opposition group has accused the West of showing “double standards” in the way it reacted to the Russian aggression on Ukraine in comparison to Russian bombardment of Syria.
The head of the Syrian Negotiation Commission, Anas al-Abdah reiterated that the Syrian opposition was in solidarity with the Ukrainian people after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but said it was disheartening to see the western world was quick to respond to the crisis while Syrians had minimal support in their struggle against Russian aggression, which was in support Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.
“We support the protection of Ukrainians from the weapons of Russian President Vladimir Putin, but we are against this crude and public duplicity of Western countries,” Al-Abdah told Anadolu News Agency.
He said that violence against anyone was abysmal and that “the killing of a person should not be tolerated, regardless of the victim’s nationality or belief”.
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