President of the Syrian Coalition Anas Alabdah stressed the need for the Kurdish National Council-affiliated Peshmerga forces to join the fight against ISIS in Syria.
In a meeting between a delegation of the Syrian Coalition, led by President Anas Alabdah, and President of the Kurdistan Region Massoud Barzani in the town of Salahuddin on Tuesday, Alabdah stressed that the presence of the Peshmerga forces on the Syrian territories would create balance on the ground and ensure safety of the Syrian people in general and the Kurds in particular.
The meeting discussed the latest political developments with regards to the Geneva talks and the negotiating process. Alabdah said that the political process in Syria is largely dominated by the US and Russia while the rest of the regional and international powers are marginalized. He stressed that breaking this monopoly will help produce more serious negotiations in order to reach a comprehensive and just political solution that achieves the aspirations of the Syrian people.
For his part, President of the Kurdistan Region Massoud Barzani reiterated support for the Syrian people in general and the Kurds in particular through their legitimate representative, namely the Kurdish National Council.
The Coalition’s delegation earlier today met with the Kurdistan Region’s Security Council Adviser Masrour Barzani.
The Coalition’s visit to the Kurdistan Region began on Monday and is scheduled to conclude on Wednesday. Along with Alabdah, the Coalition’s delegation included Abdul Ahad Steifo, Haitham Rahma, Hawass Akeed, Mohammed Jojah. (Source: Syrian Coalition)
President of the Syrian Coalition Anas Alabdah said that the PYD-led battle to liberate Alraqqa city from ISIS under US support is a unilateral act that will lead to disastrous consequences.
In an interview with Rudaw network during a visit to Iraq’s Kurdistan Region, Alabdah said that policies employed by the PYD militias are inconsistent with the Syrian revolution as the PYD have repeatedly targeted Kurdish activists and the leadership of the Kurdish National Council in Syria.
Alabdah stressed the need for the US policy to reach out to all parties and FSA groups that are involved in the fight against ISIS and the Assad regime, adding that “the Assad regime and ISIS are two sides of the same coin.”
“We have already suffered greatly at their hands in many areas. We, therefore, support the eradication of ISIS from any area in Syria,” Alabdah added.
Alabdah explained that the Syrian Coalition has already called for the inclusion of the Kurdish National Council-affiliated Peshmerga forces into the new force which will enter the Azaz area in northern rural Aleppo. He pointed out that the presence of the Peshmerga forces on the Syrian territories would create balance on the ground and ensure safety of the Syrian people in general and the Kurds in particular.
The Syrian Coalition on Monday emphasized that the exploitation by any force, whether local or external, of the fight against terrorism to achieve their own goals is viewed as a new occupation project aimed at breaking the will of the Syrian people.
The Syrian Coalition warned of the consequences of the current US policy that limits effective military support to only one faction with links to the terrorist Assad regime and its allies, and against which independent international reports were released confirming that its actions in Syria amount to war crimes.
The Syrian Coalition warned of the continuation of such crimes by the PYD, adding that the operations of the international coalition in Syria serve the goals of the PYD militias which oppose the common goals of the Syrian people.
The Syrian Coalition urged the US-led international coalition to publicly give guarantees that clearly ensure the right of all refugees and internally displaced persons in Syria to return to their towns and villages and to enable them to manage their affairs through elected local councils without any military or security interference by any party. (Source: Syrian Coalition)
The Syrian Coalition condemned the deadly overnight airstrikes by Russian forces on Idlib city, describing the attacks as a heinous massacre and a war crime.
A total of 20 rockets fired by Russian jets hit the National Hospital of Idlib, residential buildings surrounding Aljalaa Park, Alkastanaa roundabout area, Alrawda mosque and other areas in the city late on Monday.
At least 35 civilians were killed and dozens more injured in the airstrikes. Medical sources in the city said that the bombed hospital went out of service.
Regime and Russian forces have lately intensified aerial bombardment on Idlib province. Two children were killed and dozens more were injured in airstrikes on Tuesday morning in the towns of Kafar Takharim, Kafranbil, Khan Alsibil and Saraqeb in rural Idlib.
Civil defense teams said that the death toll resulting from the airstrikes in Idlib is likely to increase as many victims are still trapped under the rubble of their homes.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry condemned the massacre committed by Russian aircrafts yesterday, calling on the international community to assume its duty to protect civilians in Syria.
On May 14, the UN Security Council expressed its outrage at attacks in Syria targeting civilians and medical facilities, stressing that these attacks may amount to war crimes. Members of the Security Council reiterated their call on all parties to “immediately implement in full the provisions of Security Council resolutions relating to health care in armed conflict.” (Source: Syrian Coalition + Agencies)
Syrian Coalition stressed that the Kurdish cause is an essential part of the Syrian people’s struggle for freedom, dignity and overthrowing tyranny to establish a state based on political pluralism.
The Coalition referred to the prominent role of the Kurds in the March 2004 uprising in Alhasaka as well as in in the 2011 Syrian Revolution against the bloody Assad regime.
The Syrian Coalition made these remarks during a visit by a delegation from the political committee led by President Anas Alabdah to Iraq’s Kurdistan Region. The visit began on Monday and is scheduled to conclude on Wednesday.
The Coalition stressed commitment to the document signed with the Kurdish National Council in 2015, adding that Syria’s Kurds are an essential component of the Syrian Coalition.
The Coalition’s delegation emphasized that Iraq’s Kurdistan Region will be a strategic partner to the new Syria, praising its position supporting the revolution against the Assad regime and its generous hosting of Syrian refugees.
The Kurdish National Council’s office in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region welcomed the visit, calling on the Coalition to consolidate ties with the administration of the region.
The meeting discussed the latest political developments with regards to the Geneva talks and the negotiating process.
Along with Alabdah, the Coalition’s delegation included Abdul Ahad Steifo, Haitham Rahma, Hawass Akeed, Mohammed Jojah. The delegation will meet with President of Iraq’s Kurdistan region Massoud Barzani and a number of officials. They will also visit Syrian refugees' camps in the Region. (Source: Syrian Coalition)
The Syrian Coalition called upon the leadership of the international coalition to show seriousness in dealing with all the Free Syrian Army groups that show willingness to participate in the liberation of the city of Raqqa and to combat ISIS. The Syrian Coalition also called for supporting these FSA groups with weapons and the needed air support.
In a press release issued on Monday, the Syrian Coalition emphasized that “the exploitation by any force, whether local or external, of the fight against terrorism to achieve their own goals rather than achieving the Syrian people’s aspirations towards the liberation of Syria from the authoritarian regime and extremism as well as restoring the rights of the Syrian people is considered a new occupation scheme aimed at breaking the will of the Syrian people.”
“The Syrian Coalition, therefore, warns of the consequences of the current policy that limits effective military support to only one faction with links to the terrorist Assad regime and its allies and against which independent international reports were released confirming that its actions in Syria amount to war crimes,” the Syrian Coalition added.
The Syrian Coalition warned of the continuation of such crimes. “The operations of the international coalition in Syria serve the goals of the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) militias away from the common goals of the Syrian people.”
The Syrian Coalition urged the US-led international coalition “to publicly give guarantees that clearly ensure the right of all refugees and internally displaced persons in Syria to return to their towns and villages and to enable them to manage their affairs through elected local councils without any military or security interference by any party.”
The Syrian Coalition also demanded guarantees that military operations will not be exploited to bring about demographic changes in Syria. “Moreover, the Syrian Coalition calls for providing protection and basic services in order to facilitate the return of refugees and displaced persons to their homes as soon as possible. The Syrian Coalition stresses that no military or security presence, other than the local population and the free police force, should be imposed on the areas which will be liberated from ISIS.”
The Syrian Coalition stressed that “arming the Free Syrian Army is crucial to protecting civilians from the terror of the Assad regime, defeating ISIS terror, and liberating areas under their control. Supporting the FSA is also vital to setting up a civilian administration and restoring services and a normal life in these areas.” (Source: Syrian Coalition)
The Syrian Coalition called on the international community to shoulder its responsibilities towards the situation in Hama Central Prison by taking immediate action in order to ensure the safety of detainees.
Hundreds of regime security forces were seen after noon today assembled outside the Hama Central Prison amid fears of a potential massacre against detainees in the prison.
The Syrian Coalition called on the International Committee of the Red Cross to visit the prison and assess the latest developments there and to take the necessary action in order to ensure the safety of all detainees in the prison.
The Syrian Coalition reaffirmed its support for the detainees’ demands for the full implementation of the terms of the agreement reached with detainees on May 9.
The refusal of the Assad regime to implement the agreement has sparked renewed unrest in the prison. Detainees resumed their prison revolt as a last resort to demand the implementation of the agreement and the reclamation of their rights.
The Syrian Coalition emphasized the need to fully implement the recommendations put forward on January 27, 2016 by the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria mandated by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate all human rights violations in Syria. These recommendations must be implemented in their entirety without exception under any pretext or excuse.
The Syrian Coalition reiterated that the file of detainees in Assad’s prisons will always remain a top priority and will never be subject to negotiations or bargaining under any circumstances. (Source: Syrian Coalition)
The Syrian opposition’s chief negotiator in the Geneva negotiations Mohammad Alloush on Sunday said he was resigning over the failure of the UN-backed Geneva peace talks to bring about a political settlement and ease the plight of the Syrian people living in besieged rebel-held areas.
Alloush said that peace talks had also failed to secure the release of thousands of detainees in Assad’s prisons or push Syria towards a political transition without Bashar al Assad. He condemned the international community’s “inability to enforce resolutions, in particular regarding humanitarian issues, such as the lifting of sieges, access to aid, the release of prisoners and adherence to the ceasefire.”
Alloush pointed out that “the three rounds of talks were unsuccessful because of the stubbornness of the regime and its continued bombardment and aggression towards the Syrian people.”
Alloush also said that without any of the opposition demands met, peace talks had been a "waste of time", adding that he did not expect peace talks to resume so long as the Assad regime remained intransigent and not ready to enter "serious negotiations."
He called on all rebel and FSA groups as well as political forces to unite and close ranks “as the only way to achieve victory," hoping that the HNC will “adhere to the fundamental principles of the revolution.”
“The United Nations did not agree an agenda for negotiations which are supposed to lead to political transition through the formation of a transitional governing body with full executive powers,” Alloush added.
The opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC) in April suspended its formal participation in peace talks in protest against the Assad’s army offensives in rebel-held areas and at the Assad regime's refusal to abide by international resolutions, especially regarding the improvement of the humanitarian conditions in line with UN Security Council resolutions 2268 and 2254.
The HNC stressed that its return to negotiations in Geneva is contingent on stopping bombing of civilians, the establishing of mechanisms to hold violators of the truce to account, lifting the blockades on besieged areas, the delivery of aid to besieged areas, and the release of detainees. (Source: Syrian Coalition + Agencies)
A two-day panel discussion organized by the Syrian Coalition concluded on Sunday in Istanbul. The panel discussion, titled: “A panel discussion on the courses and outcomes of the revolution,” discussed the situation of the Syrian revolution in its fifth year, the challenges facing it, the foreign militarily and political interventions, and attempts to impede the Syrian people's revolution for freedom, dignity and justice.
Prominent Arab and Syrian scholars, researchers and experts participated in the discussion which began on Saturday. The panel discussion stressed the importance of the restoration of the independent national decision that expresses the free will of the Syrian people. It also stressed the need for addressing all challenges facing the revolution by establishing independent decision-making mechanisms.
The final statement of the discussion included a set of recommendations after extensive discussion of 15 papers that were presented during a session chaired by Abdul Wahab Badrakhan.
The recommendations stressed the need to transform the Syrian Coalition into an effective national institution through the formation of a specialized team of experts in politics, management and national action to lay out visions for developing the structures and bylaws of the Syrian Coalition and for bridging the gap between the Syrian Coalition and revolutionary forces.
The recommendations also stressed the need for outlining national vision for a solution in Syria based on national consensus by all political and social components.
Moreover, the recommendations stressed the importance of laying out a Syrian national social contract to serve as a basis for Syria's future constitution and as a prelude to holding a Syrian national conference.
Participants proposed the formation of four working groups to achieve these recommendations: political, social, economic and military. These groups are to be composed of specialists from inside and outside the Syrian Coalition and will be tasked with implementing the recommendations during a short period.
President of the Syrian Coalition Anas Alabdah joined the final session of the panel discussion. He listened to the final statement and promised to work on the implementation of the set of recommendations. (Source: Syrian Coalition)
A two-day panel discussion organized by the Syrian Coalition began earlier today in Istanbul under the title: "A panel discussion on the courses and outcomes of the revolution."
The discussion will focus on three main areas: First, “the nature of the revolution, the challenges facing it, its origins, and the factors that sparked it;” second, “the courses and complexities of the revolution;” and third, “political opposition.”
The morning session of the discussion, moderated by Dr. Hazem Alnnahar, focused on the first topic of discussion. Michel Kilo was the main speaker in the session. Other participants included Ahmad Barqawi, Mutea’ Albutein, Kibriaa Alsaaour, Ratib Shabbo, Fayez Sara, Hafez Kerkot and Ahmed Ramadan.
During the second session, moderated by Kibriaa Alsaaour, Fayez Sarah outlined "a vision of the nature of the peaceful revolution and its objectives.” Ghada Hamadoun, Abdullah Turkmani, Mutea’ Albutein, Najlaa Alsheikh, Ahmad Barqawi, Hafez Kerkot, Ahmed Okab Yahya, and Ratib Shabbo also spoke during the second session.
The third session, moderated by Ahmed Ramadan, discussed the subject of militarization. Haitham Rahma gave a detailed explanation on the subject. Michel Kilo, Zakaria Malahifji, Samira Mubaiyed, Samah Hadaiya and Ayman Abu Hashem also spoke during the third session.
The second area the discussion will focus on will be moderated by Ahmad Barqawi. Hazem Alnahar, who will be the key speaker, will talk about “the political opposition in the early days of the revolution.”
The third area the discussion focuses on will be moderated by Samira Mubaiyed. Abdel Basset Sida will speak on behalf of the Syrian National Council, while Ahmed Ramadan will speak on behalf of the Syrian Coalition and its institutions. (Source: Syrian Coalition)
The Syrian Coalition called upon the United Nations, the UN Security Council, and governments of friendly countries to provide urgent and immediate protection to civilians in areas under attack by the terrorist group called ISIS and the murderous Assad regime.
In a press release issued earlier today, the Coalition said that “the arming of the Free Syrian Army to counter ISIS and the Assad regime is a must. The fight against terrorism in all its forms cannot achieve its goals in Syria without supporting the FSA, which has proved, before any other group, and on many occasions, that it is the most capable force to protect civilians and defeat terror.”
By tightening the siege on the town of Marea in rural Aleppo earlier on Saturday, ISIS is employing similar policies to those adopted by the Assad regime which uses sieges of towns and cities as a weapon of war, the Coalition added.
The Coalition added: “Hundreds of thousands of Syrians in dozens of areas across Syria have been enduring unspeakable suffering as a result of suffocating blockades imposed by regime forces for nearly five years.”
Russian warplanes and the Assad regime’s jets continue to target civilians, including with cluster bombs, the Coalition said. (Source: Syrian Coalition)