Geneva III: The Stillborn Conference and the Endemic Failure of the International Community
3 Pages Posted: 8 Feb 2016
Date Written: February 6, 2016
While approaching the fifth anniversary of the Syrian civil war on March 15 — which claimed more than 300,000 lives, approximately 700,000 wounded, 4 million fled the country, and another 6 million displaced within Syria — the international community has failed to put an end to bloodshed in this war-torn country. During the first days of the conference, the Russian and the regime’s air forces have systematically carpeted Aleppo and the besieged towns of southern Damascus with barrels of explosives, killing hundreds of civilians, even before the beginning of the peace talks, where most of them have been killed indiscriminately. It is disgraceful that the international community has successfully concluded an agreement with the regime in a very short period of time to remove its chemical weapons while completely failed to save the lives of millions of innocent children, women, and elderly people throughout Syria in the past five years!
Keywords: Syria; Civil War; Hilmi M. Zawati; Arab Spring; Transitional Justice; War Crimes; Crimes against Humanity
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