Statement on August 2014 UNSC Syria Consultations

Speaking on UN Security Council’s sixth briefing on the implementation of resolutions 2139 and 2165, the Special Representative of the Syrian Coalition to the United Nations, Dr. Najib Ghadbian, said:

"Since the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs last reported to the Security Council on 30 July 2014, the crisis in Syria has worsened. The Syrian regime continues its aerial bombardments of civilians, 467,000 Syrians remain trapped and suffering from starvation, ISIS is growing as a global threat, and the regime has yet to be held accountable for war crimes.

To bring security and governance to Syria, comprehensive action by members of the Security Council is needed to stop the consequences of the current crisis—the rise of terrorist groups like ISIS—and eliminate its root cause: the Assad dictatorship. In stark contrast to both the Syrian regime and extremist forces, the Syrian Coalition and our partner on the ground, the Free Syrian Army, have worked hard to improve the humanitarian situation in Syria and end the suffering of civilians across the country.  These efforts must be backed up by international action to end the Syrian regime’s aerial attacks, disrupt ISIS in Syria, enforce targeted sanctions on Syrian regime officials and loyalists, and end impunity."

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