Kinzinger, Boyle Statement on Normalization with Syria
Following reports of normalization efforts between some U.S. allies and the Assad regime in Syria, Congressmen Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Brendan Boyle (D-PA) released the following statement.
Washington, DC – Following reports of normalization efforts between some U.S. allies and the Assad regime in Syria, Congressmen Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Brendan Boyle (D-PA), Co-Chairs of the Friends of a Free, Stable and Democratic Syria Caucus, released the following statement:
“The United States and our allies have stood together in opposing Bashar al-Assad’s barbaric regime for over a decade now. Assad and his backers in Russia and Iran have not shown any reason that would justify normalizing relations with a government that is responsible for over 600,000 men, women, and children being murdered.
“Before the United States and our allies even contemplate recognizing Syria as a partner in anything, we must ensure that all of those responsible for crimes against humanity are held accountable as war criminals. If countries in the region are ready to look past the numerous documented criminal acts that were committed in Syria, then the United States must set the example and use its diplomatic strength to counter these misguided steps.
“We cannot in good conscience allow a criminal who used chemical weapons against children to be recognized by the international community. Assad and his regime should not be rewarded for the senseless acts of violence they have committed over the past decade and continue to inflict on the Syrian people today.”