National Coalition condemns international silence on the bloodshed in Syria

National Coalition condemns international silence on the bloodshed in Syria

Damascus : Syria | Feb 24, 2013 at 8:39 AM PST
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With the massacres in Syria continuing unabated, the Syrian National Coalition vented its anger at the world for not doing enough to stop the bloody carnage.

In a statement released on Friday, the Coalition said: “The international silence on the crimes committed every day against our people amounts to participating in two years of killings.”

After President Bashar Assad’s regime fired its own version of Scud missiles into Aleppo on Friday killing hundreds, the Coalition said it has decided to boycott talks with world powers. Instead, the Coalition declared it would form a government to run “liberated areas” of Syria.

AFP reported that Coalition chief Moaz al-Khatib said the decision to boycott the international meetings was “a message of protest to all governments of the world, Arab and non-Arab, which can see how the Syrian people are being killed, while they merely look on.”

The Syrian conflict is set to enter its third year with no resolution in sight. According to a UN estimate, the conflict has cost most than 70,000 people their lives.

The Coalition said it would not attend international meetings are scheduled to take place in Italy, Russia and the United States. The group was scheduled to attend a Friends of Syria meeting in Rome on Thursday. Khatib has also been invited to Moscow and the US.

Khatib said the coalition cannot visit any country until there is a clear decision on the savage, aggressive regime of Assad.

The Syrian opposition also singled out Russia, Assad’s key ally, saying Moscow was "ethically and politically responsible because they continue to support the regime with weapons."

The opposition has been clamouring on the international community to arm the rebels but the US and Western allies have been reluctant to arm them, fearing further escalation of the civil war and the possibility of the weapons falling into the hands of Islamist militant that have joined the fight against Assad.

Meanwhile, Britain called on the opposition to reconsider its decision to boycott the Rome, Washington and Moscow meetings, insisting "now is not the time to give up" on talks.

Reportedly, a Foreign Office spokeswoman said London had been "preparing a further offer of support" for the Syrian opposition at the meeting in Rome.

Reacting to the proposal, Syrian opposition spokesman Walid al-Bunni said that the statements should be "accompanied by action" and the world had a duty to protect Syrians from the regime of the "butcher" Assad.

Challenging the US to honor what he said were promises of support for democracy in Syria, Bunni said: "If you are our real friends, help us to stop the massacres that are being committed against our own people."

Sources: AFP / Israel National News / The New York Times

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