Head of Syrian National Coalition: "Caesar Act reflects the seriousness we were waiting for"

Editing Mohamad Alaa | Translation Glory Jabr | Translation Editing Vera Halvorsen 🕔 Publication Date: January 24, 2019, 1:59:13 PM wire INTERNATIONALPOLITICS National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces

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On Thursday, the head of the National Coalition for the Revolutionary Forces and the Syrian Opposition, Abdul Rahman Mustafa, said that the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act, which was approved by the United States House of Representatives on Tuesday, reflects the seriousness the National Coalition had been waiting for.

The Syrian National Coalition is an alliance of parties and political bodies opposed to the Syrian government, founded in 2012, and recognized by a number of Arab and Western countries as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people. The Syrian Interim Government follows the Syrian National Coalition.

The Caesar Act is named after the photographer with the code-name Caesar, who was a member of the Syrian government military police. Caesar leaked 50,000 photos of prisoners who were tortured to death in Syrian government prisons, allowing the world to see and families to identify their loved ones. In mid-December 2015, the Human Rights Watch announced that the photos are blatant evidence of the Syrian government's crimes against humanity.

On Tuesday night, the US House of Representatives approved the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act to sanction the Syrian government and its supporters.

Mustafa said that the Caesar Act came at a very late time as it relates to the photos leaked by Caesar in 2014. However, the Caesar Act reflects the nature of the current US position on the Syrian issue, especially with the countdown to the US forces' withdrawal from Syria.

Mustafa added that they are relying on the Caesar Act to force the Syrian government to attend serious negotiations, noting that the latter made no concessions except under real pressure.

Mustafa stated that the Caesar Act affects the Syrian government's supporters and anyone who hopes to benefit from the reconstruction topic. Mustafa also said that all parties have to realize that their interests should lie in support of the negotiating process.

On Wednesday, the High Negotiations Committee stated that the Caesar Act will stifle the Syrian government economically.

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Editing Mohamad Alaa | Translation Glory Jabr | Translation Editing Vera Halvorsen 🕔 Publication Date: January 24, 2019, 1:59:13 PM wire INTERNATIONALPOLITICS National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces
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