ZALIN (Qmishli), Syria – The U.S.-led International Coalition against the Islamic State (IS) held a ministerial meeting in Rome this week. The representatives of the participating countries in the Coalition repledged to achieve stability in the areas liberated from IS in Syria and Iraq and to bring about the final defeat of the terrorist organization. In an exclusive statement to the SyriacPress news desk, Co-Chair of the Syriac Union Party (SUP) in Syria Sanharib Barsoum stated that, “the meeting in Rome of the US-led International Coalition will have positive effects in multiple areas including military and politically, and in humanitarian aid.”
“From a military point of view, the Coalition reaffirmed its firm intention to continue the war against IS. This is an important point which concerns all residents of Syria as it confirms that the IS Caliphate and atrocities will not return.” Barsoum pointed out that unfortunately this was the experience in Iraq after IS stepped into the vacuum that had been created because of Coalition withdrawals and IS was able force a return.
“From a political point of view, it represents the confirmation of these countries for a political solution in Syria and for the government to adhere to UN Resolution 2254, which is the only way to achieve a political solution that satisfies all Syrians,” Barsoum declared.
Regarding the humanitarian aid demands of the ministerial meeting:
“The meeting emphasized that humanitarian aid should be accessible to all Syrian regions. The UN has also clearly stated on this that there should be a UN resolution to (re-)open border crossings, including in and to areas in Syria outside the regime’s control. There are calls and demands to (re-)open the Yarubiyah border crossing which would have many positive effects for the Democratic Autonomous Administration (DAA) of North and East Syria.” He indicated that because the crossing was previously linked to the regime, it meant that aid did not reach the people in need.
“When humanitarian aid reaches the peoples of the DAA directly, the humanitarian situation will rapidly improve,” Barsoum confirmed. All these actions would serve the Syrian cause in general, the military ceasefire in particular, and push progress towards a political solution through UN resolutions.
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