Representatives of around 60 countries have been meeting in Tunisia to devise a strategy for ending violence in Syria. Different options are being mulled to force the regime of Bashar al-Assad to stop crackdown on innocent civilians who have been demanding an end to the monarchic rule in the country. Western and Arab nations have been concerned on rising violence in the country. The regime has been committing war crimes with complete impunity, let alone sheer violation of human rights.
Human rights activists working in the country say that more than 7,000 innocent civilians have been killed so far in the country by security forces loyal to the regime. The victims were demanding political reforms and civil liberties in the country. Hundreds and thousands of Syrians took to the streets against the dictator after getting inspired by popular uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt in January last year. The regimes in both the countries were overthrown by people while uprising is still going on in some other Arab countries including Syria, Bahrain and Yemen.
After a resolution in the United Nations Security Council aiming to force Bashar al-Assad to end violence in the country was vetoed by Russia and China, the international community has been finding other ways to protect the civilians from the brutal regime. An international conference is being held in Tunisia under the banner of “Friends of Syria” to find out solution of Syrian conundrum where foreign ministers of more than 60 Western and Arab countries are participating. It is a good step, indeed. So far, the international community has been looking for peaceful ways to end violence in Syria.
On Friday, the representatives of all these nations have demanded an immediate end to the violence in the country besides new tough sanctions on the regime. Friends of Syria termed the violence enough is enough as it has been around eleven months to the uprising and the dictator is still using brutality to stem the protest demonstrations against his rule. Assad has denied talking to the opposition and other members of the society to bring peace in the country. The veto to the resolution against the dictator by Russia and China two weeks back has actually emboldened him to continue with his repressive ways to handle the peaceful protestors.
To the cheer of Syrians, the Arab and Western nations in Tunisia have also accepted the Syrian National Council (SNC) as the legitimate representative of Syrians struggling for establishment of democracy and rule of law in the country. The step will boost the struggle of pro-democracy Syrians as it is akin to accepting them as the real representative of the country. British Foreign Minister William Hague said London would treat the SNC as the actual and legitimate representative of Syrians and carry out all diplomatic dealings with the organization.
The SNC should now work day in and day out to bring all factions of the opposition under one banner to unify the struggle against the dictator.