“Enough is enough,” the Syria opposition has said, citing reasons for not attending the upcoming meetings in Washington, D.C., and Moscow.
Many around the world have not kept up with the Syrian civil war, but for those in and around the Middle Eastern nation, the daily death toll spells frustration and fear.
And for the country’s main opposition group, the lack of interest from the rest of the world is a good reason to suspend its participation in next week’s meeting in Rome, as well as upcoming meetings in the US and Russia.
CNN reports that the coalition released a statement on Friday about the meetings. Adib Shishakly, a member of the Syrian National Coalition (SNC), also spoke about the meetings, saying:
“Enough is enough. Th whole world is not doing anything. We are not going to any more conferences.”
The United States, the European Union, and the Arab League have all supplied aid to rebels in the form of communications equipment and humanitarian aid. Despite this, the rebels have asked for more. They have requested military aid, including training and arms.
The SNC has also demanded that foreign governments do more to stem the tide of death from the war, notes The International Business Times. The latest estimates put the death toll since the conflict began at about 70,000.
There is no way of knowing the exact death toll, because Syria bars outside reporters from coming into the country. The SNC also said in a statement:
“The international silence on the crimes committed every day against our people amounts to participating in two years of killing.”
The opposition especially wants the US to provide more assistance to Syrian civilians on the ground. They have also demanded more pressure against countries like Russia and Iran. Both nations continue to supply the Assad regime with weapons.