Jarba Delivers Speech at the Friends of Syria meeting in New York, Heads to Syria After the Meeting to Secure Free Syrian Army Support
Head of the Syrian National Coalition, Ahmed Aweinan Assi Al Jarba, will speak today in front of 100 nationas at the General Assembly Meeting of the United Nations. The meeting will be attended by more than 100 foriegn ministers. The Syrian regime and its Russsian ally attemp to take the meeting outside of the United Nations. The official spokesperson for the Syrian National Coalition, Louay Safi, said that the President of the Coalition will soon travel to Syria to discuss the latest developments relating to the issuance of a statement by some Islamic battalions and brigades who criticized the Coalition for ignoring its fighting groups not consulting them with regard to Syrian political affairs according to their statement. A group of 13 Syrian opposition fighting groups announced that they did not recognize any political groups outside Syria, including the Syrian National Coalition and the interim government. Jarba’s expected visit to Syria comes after a series of meetings he held with the United States Secretary of State Mr. John Kerry , which Jarba described as fruitful adding that "they discussed steps to take to neutralize the ability of the regime to use chemical weapons and conventional weapons against innocent civilians.” During the meeting they also discussed the most important steps necessary to stop the massacres in Syria. During his meeting with John Kerry Jarba declared that Bashar al - Assad is solely responsible for prolonging the ongoing violence in Syria. Jarba requested from the international community guarantees "that the process of disarmament of chemical weapons will not continue for several years as it in the regime’s interest to delay this process indefinitely." The head of the Coalition pointed out that it must be the international community’s top priority to stop Bashar al-Assad immediately and prevent him from continuing to commit mass atrocities against civilians rather than leaving it to diplomatic action." Jarba considered the regime’s stepping down as the only guaranteed way to end the massacres committed by Bashar al-Assad against civilians; noting that “it would not be possible to achieve this unless the international community forced Assad to accept these conditions.” At the end of the meeting, the head of the Coalition pushed the need for a clear timetable and an agreement that ensures holding any regime personnel responsible for war crimes against civilians accountable, stressing that "those criminals will never be part of a democratic Syria in the future."