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13 November 2013 In Coalition News

Badraldin Jamous, the National Coalition’s Secretary General, condemned Greece’s violations and maltreatment of Syrian refugees who were forced to seek refuge in Greece in an effort to escape from the horror of massacres being committed against the people in Syria by the Assad Regime. The Secretary General criticized Greek authorities and the Border Patrol for the expulsion of boats loaded with refugees from the Greek beaches even though the boats contained women and children and were doomed to sink. Jamous added that "the Syrian Coalition strongly condemns the ill-treatment received by Syrian refugees in Greece, where survivors are received with beatings and humiliation and then punished with arrest.” Furthermore, the Secretary General called on the Greek government to respect human rights and to take the humanitarian crisis for Syrian refugees into consideration, especially women and children. Similarly, "Pro Aseel," a non-governmental organization, said in a report that "expulsion of refugees from sea or land borders is systematically done in Greece." The organization added that the "brutality and size of the violations contained in the report are shocking." The report added that “deportations are done from the coastal waters as well as from the Greek islands and the land border, and that the majority of the deported refugees come from Syria and include men and women, children and infants, as well as those in need of medical care.”

(Source: Syrian Coalition)

13 November 2013 In Coalition News

Hisham Marwa, a member of the Syrian Coalition’s Legal Committee stated that “the interim government will not work independently from the Syrian Coalition as it is its executive arm." This statement comes after the General Assembly of the Syrian Coalition elected nine ministers to a new interim government headed by Ahmad Tomah. Marwa stressed that "the interim government is seeking to reshape the revolutionary forces under one umbrella and to secure food and medical supplies to the people in Syria," in order to alleviate the siege imposed by the regime on rebellious areas. "We do not deny that the interim government will face difficulties during the implementation phase, however, this is a first step that will give us a jump-start the long road ahead." Marwa stressed that the harmony between the Syrian Coalition and the interim government will make the latter a real body that all Syrian people can rally around. Kamal al-Labwani, a member of the political committee of the Syrian Coalition, stated that the birth of the interim government is an important step towards filling the leadership vacuum in the country.  He also considered that "cooperation with the Free Syrian Army is the key to the success of the interim government, and that the temporary reliance on external funding in the current phase will eventually be replaced by the elements of the Syrian economy. The formation of the interim government was internationally welcomed by the French and British. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said that "the formation of the interim government reflects a" spirit of responsibility on the part of the Syrian Coalition.  The British envoy to the Syrian opposition, John Wilkes, said in Istanbul that the formation of the interim government is "an important step" and expressed Britain’s willingness to assist in the delivery of services and assistance to Syria. (Source: Syrian Coalition)

13 November 2013 In Coalition News

Badraldin Jamous, the Secretary General of the Syrian Coalition, confirmed that "the negotiating team in Geneva II will be determined exclusively by the Syrian Coalition." Jamous added that “we will not go to Geneva just for the sake of going, but in order to achieve the objectives of Geneva defined by the conditions set by the Syrian Coalition."  The Coalition’s spokesman Louay Safi emphasized that the Coalition "will not accept the presence of any other political body beside it during the negotiations of Geneva II," adding that “the Syrian Coalition is the only body authorized to appoint the members of the negotiating team in the conference." Furthermore, Safi cautioned the international community of "the Coalition’s decision regarding participation in Geneva II is inseparable from the details that emphasize that Assad must step down and transfer power to a transitional governing body with full powers, including presidential power with authority over the military and security branches." The Syrian Coalition stipulates that prior to the conference, access for relief convoys to all besieged areas must be ensured, and prisoners, especially women and children, must be released." Meanwhile, the Free Syrian Army welcomed any "political solution based on holding the criminals accountable along with the formation of a transitional body with full powers " that ensures the exclusion of Assad and his close associates from the future of Syria. (Source: Syrian Coalition)

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