SAC Welcomes Arab League Decision to Refer Syria Initiative to UN

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The Syrian American Council (SAC) today welcomed the decision taken by the Arab League to refer its new initiative for Syria to the United Nations Security Council and ask for its endorsement.

The Syrian American Council (SAC) today welcomed the decision taken by the Arab League to refer its new initiative for Syria to the United Nations Security Council and ask for its endorsement.

After multiple failed attempts to pressure the Syrian regime to comply with its earlier plans, the Arab League adopted a new initiative at a meeting yesterday in Cairo, which was rejected by the Assad regime. The new plan called Bashar al-Assad to delegate power to a deputy and set up a national unity government under which parliamentary and presidential elections will be held in two months.

See: Arab League proposes new plan for Syrian transition - Reuters

SAC President Dr. Talal Sunbulli said, "UN involvement to stop the Syrian regime's bloody crackdown on protesters is long overdue. Over 900 Syrians have been killed since the Arab League observers entered Syria. We welcome its decision to send its recommendation regarding Syria to the UN Security Council; however, their responsibility does not stop here. We hope that the Arab governments will collectively exert utmost pressure on the Russian government, as the Syrian people cannot afford another veto in the UN Security Council."

According to Syrian state television, which quoted an unnamed official source, the Syrian regime has condemned the initiative calling it a conspiracy and a violation of its national sovereignty. For more than ten months, the Syrian regime has continuously violated all its commitments to end the crackdown on protesters.

SAC urges the UN Security Council to implement measures, including the establishment of safety zones and humanitarian corridors, to stop the Syrian regime's crimes and to protect civilians demanding freedom, democracy and dignity.

The Syrian American Council (SAC) was founded in 2005 to mobilize Syrian Americans to strengthen civil society in Syria, to promote friendly relations between the Syrian and American peoples, to engage civic and governmental organizations to advance civil liberties, human dignity and democracy in Syria. The organization has represented Syrian Americans to the U.S. State Department, Congress, and in international meetings and councils.

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Rashad Al-Dabbagh
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