The US Ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, noted that the elections “will not be fair or free.”
The United States does not consider the upcoming presidential elections in Syria legitimate and calls on the international community to join this position. This was stated on Monday by the Permanent Representative of the United States to the world Organization, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, at a UN Security Council meeting.
“I urge the international community not to be deceived by the upcoming presidential elections in Syria. They will be neither fair nor free,” she said. “They do not legitimize the Assad regime; they do not comply with the requirements of resolution 2254, including about holding them under the auspices of the UN and in accordance with the new constitution.”
In her opinion, the Assad government has not taken “a single step on the path to peace.” “Therefore, we call on Russia to put pressure on the Assad regime to stop procrastinating and address the causes of the conflict in Syria,” Thomas – Greenfield added.
The presidential elections in Syria are due to take place in 2021. Their exact date has not yet been determined. According to the current legislation of the country, they can be held in the period from April 16 to May 16.