Nasr al-Hariri, Head of the Syrian opposition’s Negotiations Committee, expressed his disappointment over the failure of the international community to relive civilians in Syria, especially children who are trapped in the besieged eastern Ghouta in the Damascus suburbs. The rebel-held area has been subjected to tightened siege by the Assad regime and its allies. Hundreds of the wounded and sick need to be urgently evacuated, according to the latest report by the World Health Organization.
In an event held on the sidelines of the negotiations in Geneva on Wednesday with the presence of a large number of ambassadors and diplomats, Hariri addressed the international community: “What a disappointment! What a shock and what a tragedy! He wondered whether the international community is helpless and unable to deliver bread and milk to eastern Ghouta?
"I hope the ambassadors will send a message that is different from all the official messages," he said. "It is time that the international community relieve the Syrian people. We should not leave millions of Syrians hostages to the Assad regime and its allies who are testing their new weapons in attacks on the Syrian people.”
Deputy Head of the Committee Khalid Al-Mahamid said that the exact scenario that took place in Wa'ar neighborhood in Homs, the Damascus suburb of Daraya and in many areas across Syria is being repeated in eastern Ghouta. He stressed that "the weapon of starvation has never been used since the Middle Ages.” He said that the Committee called for “the opening of safe passages. Were do not want relief aid but we want safe passages for the delivery of food.”
Member of the Committee Issa Ibrahim said: "We are paying a heavy price because a gang has taken over the state and the authority and because of the international community's inaction.”
Member of the Committee’s delegation, Firas al-Khalidi, praised the steadfastness being shown by people of eastern Ghouta. “We learned from eastern Ghouta that their steadfastness has exposed the true nature of the world and human rights. The revolution will continue and our strength is that we represent what is right.” (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
President of the Syrian Coalition Riad Seif and members of the political committee met with the official in charge of the Syrian file in the Turkish Foreign Ministry Mustafa Yurdakul who quit his position as he was appointed as Turkey’s ambassador to Pakistan.
Members of the political committee expressed their sincere thanks to Yurdakul and his distinguished role in the past period.
Yurdakul stressed that the tragedy in Syria and the suffering the Syrian people have so far endured are unprecedented in recent history. He noted that Turkey’s primary goal is to put an end to the suffering of the Syrian people who have been subjected to unspeakable suffering for the past few years.
Yurdakul pointed out that during the years of the Syrian revolution they learned how to deal with crises. He noted that Turkey worked with the Syrian Coalition and the Syrian Interim Government in order to beat off challenges, adding that his country will continue to work with the Coalition.
Yurdakul added that Turkey still sees the Geneva process as the priority for reaching a political solution, He stressed that over the past a half years, Turkey has made great efforts to push the political process forward and will continue to support the Geneva process to reach a political solution and put an end to the suffering of the Syrian people.
Moreover, Yurdakul pointed out that pressure must be exerted on the Assad regime to agree to a political solution. He said that Turkey is actively seeking to force the Assad regime to accept a political solution through Russia which can exert pressure on the regime as it has much leverage on the regime.
For his part, President Seif talked about the brotherly relationship between the Syrian and Turkish peoples. He noted that the relationship between the Syria people and Turkey is different from its relationship with the rest of the countries as the two peoples share the same culture and interests. He said that the Syrian people see in Iran an enemy, adding that Russia prolonged the life of Bashar al-Assad and his murderous regime.
The Coalition’s Secretary-General, the Vice-President and members of the political committee asked for clarifications about the perception of the Turkish brothers of the Sochi meeting which was proposed by Russia. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian Coalition stressed that the Syrian Interim Government (SIG) is the only executive body that has the legitimacy to operate on Syrian territory.
In a press release issued on Wednesday, the Coalition said that SIG provides services for all Syrians in all liberated and besieged areas as well as provides services and facilitations to thousands of students in schools and universities. SIG also provides services in the areas of health and agriculture through its directorates, bodies and officials based in Syria, the Coalition added.
The Coalition underscored that the order issued by the so-called Salvation Government is unacceptable and illegitimate as it was issued by an illegitimate body. It added that the order also represented a violation and a dangerous precedent.
“The persons and parties who are behind it, in addition to Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, bear full responsibility for any damage or harm that may be caused to SIG’s offices inside Syria.”
The Coalition affirmed that “SIG will continue to carry out its tasks and will prosecute those responsible for causing harm to any of its institutions by legal means.” (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)