As the world marked the Day of Remembrance for all victims of chemical warfare on 29 April 2015, the Syrian National Coalition President, Khaled Khoja, addressed the UN Security Council in an Arria formula meeting co-hosted by the United States, United Kingdom and France. During a candid two-hour discussion, President Khoja called on the Security Council to take effective action, warning that its failure to adopt the measures needed to stop war crimes and crimes against humanity by Syrian regime forces was a “permanent stain on the international community, and particularly the Security Council.” In his remarks, the President emphasized that the Syria crisis posed a global threat due to the extremist terror threat bred by the Assad regime. He urged the Security Council to fulfill its role to maintain international peace and security.
President Khoja called on the Security Council to:
(i) Enforce UN Security Council resolutions 2118, 2139, 2165, 2191, and 2209 by adopting Chapter VII measures in response to the systematic and continuous use of chemical weapons by Syrian regime forces.
(ii) Ensure accountability for war crimes and crimes against humanity as a component of the political solution.
(iii) Stop the barrel bombs in Syria by authorizing the establishment of safe zones.
President Khoja reminded the UN Security Council that safe zones would save lives, alleviate humanitarian suffering, and help forge the path towards a political solution. In the absence of Security Council action, President Khoja called on Member States to act on their own legal and moral authority to provide protection to the Syrian people.