Kingdom Calls for Bringing Syrian War Criminals to International Justice
March 17, 2015
Saudi Arabia today has called for bringing Syrian war criminals to international justice and making public the names of those suspected of involvement war crimes since the outbreak of the Syrian revolution.
Saudi Arabia's Ambassador to the U.N. in Geneva Faisal Trad said that during the nearly four-year Syrian crisis, the Syrian people have suffered the most heinous crimes. Ambassador Trad added that the Bashar Al-Assad's regime lost legitimacy and is still waging indiscriminately brutal attacks that have claimed more than 221,434 of his own people - mostly children, women and elderly - and displaced more than half of the population. Ambassador Trad stressed that this regime has gone too far in brutality as it used internationally banned weapons (chlorine gas).
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons' fact-finding mission concluded that the Al-Assad's regime used chemical weapons in three villages in northern Syria, in addition to the use of barrel bombs.
Ambassador Thad said that the failure of the international community to take a decisive stand end to the brutality of the ongoing crimes of the Al-Assad regime is the main reason for the emergence of armed terrorist groups that found Syria a fertile environment and whose crimes are no different than those the Syrian regime has been committing, Ambassador Trad said.
Ambassador Trad reiterated the Kingdom’s stance towards the finding of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria which criticized the foreign military support the Syrian regime receives from Lebanese Hezbollah, the Badr Brigade, Abu al-Fadl al-Abbas Brigade, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and extremist militias. Saudi Arabia agrees with the Commission's report that restricting support for the Syrian moderate opposition has allowed the emergence of extremist organizations such as Daesh (ISIS), al-Nusra Front and al-Qaeda.
Ambassador Trad reiterated Kingdom’s commitment to the sovereignty, independence, national unity and territorial integrity of Syria, and is committed to the implementation of Geneva I (30 June 2012), which aims at achieving a peaceful transition of power in Syria.