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06 December 2017 In Coalition News

Members of the delegation of the Syrian opposition’s High Negotiations Committee (HNC) held a teleconference with Syrian activists to brief them about the developments of the current round of negotiations in Geneva.

The teleconference was held on the sidelines of a panel discussion that was held in the Turkish city of Istanbul under the title "Syria: To where?" Member of the HNC delegation Firas al-Khalidi stressed that the regime continues to reject engagement in the political process as it carries on with bombardment against the Syrian people and insists on pursuing a military solution.

The war crimes the Assad regime is committing in eastern Ghouta have revealed its real intentions, Khalidi said. He called on the international community to shoulder its responsibilities towards the implementation of international resolutions on Syria.

Member of the advisory delegation, Riyad al-Hassan, said that the delegation went to Geneva to engage in serious negotiations in order to bring about a political transition in line with the Geneva Communique of 2012 and the UN Security Council resolutions 2118 and 2254.

Hassan pointed out that "the political process we are engaged in will significantly weaken the Assad regime just as it was militarily weakened.

The HNC’s delegation participated in two sessions of talks with the UN team in Geneva on Tuesday and discussed with the team of the UN envoy, Staffan de Mistura the situation in the Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

06 December 2017 In Coalition News

The delegation of the Syrian opposition’s High Negotiations Committee (HNC) held new session of talks with the UN team in Geneva on Tuesday evening. The delegation raised the issues of the escalating military campaign by the Assad regime on the Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta and the tightened siege on towns and villages in the rebel-held area.

Head of the HNC’s delegation Nasr al-Hariri stressed that the international community has a responsibility to force the Assad regime's delegation to participate in the Geneva negotiations. He noted that the Assad regime would not stop inventing excuses in order to sabotage the political process.

"The political solution will restore security and stability to the country," Hariri told reporters in the UN headquarters in Geneva. "The regime is still counting on a military solution as is evidenced by its actions on the ground. The international community bears primary responsiblity for these actions.”

Following talks with the UN special envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, Hariri said that the HNC delegation presented a special report to the UN envoy as well as a memorandum to the UN Secretary General, the UN Security Council, the Arab League, and the friends of the Syrian people detailing the deteriorating humanitarian situations in eastern Ghouta. The report also called for taking action to ensure that the siege on eastern Ghouta is lifted and criminals who are committing atrocities in Syria are held to account.

Hariri pointed out that the HNC’s delegation will continue to engage in serious talks with the UN team in order to reach a genuine political solution. He noted that the Assad regime is committing the most horrible atrocities and massacres against the people of eastern Ghouta and preventing the medical evacuation of dozens of women, children and the wounded who need urgent medical care. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

05 December 2017 In Coalition News

The Syrian Coalition called upon the international community to take serious action to put an end to the Assad regime and its allies’ crimes and salvage the political process in accordance with international resolutions and the Geneva Communiqué of 2012.

In a press release issued on Monday, the Coalition said that the Assad regime and its allies’ ongoing crimes against the Syrian people indicate that it “rejects any solution that deals with the core of the conflict, namely freedom from enslavement. It has become clear that as long as it receives support from its allies at the military and diplomatic level, the Assad regime will not take a single step on the path of political transition.”

According to the Media Center in the Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta, at least 28 people were killed and more than 100 others wounded Sunday in more than 30 airstrikes by the Assad regime’s air force. Regime forces also fired more than 50 rockets and mortar shells targeting residential areas in the besieged eastern Ghouta.

Accordion to figures the center published on its Facebook page, the victims included 17 people who were killed in the town of Hammouriya as a result of the relentless bombing campaign being launched by the Assad regime on the rebel-held area.

“No one can expect criminals to contribute to the success of a solution that might put an end to their crimes. Therefore, the international community is obliged to press towards putting an end to the bloodshed and the criminal policies that the Assad regime has been pursuing since day one,” the Coalition added.

The Coalition went on to say that the main objective of the Assad regime's criminal attacks and its violation of agreements, understandings and ceasefires is to undermine all chances of reaching a political solution.

“The Assad regime exploits the international community’s complete silence about the dozens of crimes committed in recent weeks as well as the ones that have been committed against the Syrian people over the past seven years. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

05 December 2017 In Coalition News

Hanadi Abu Arab, Deputy Head of the opposition’s High Negotiations Committee (HNC) said that women are adequately represented in the HNC’s delegation to Geneva, adding that more than 20 Syrian women participated actively in the Riyadh II conference and the current round of negotiations.

Abu Arab made her remarks during a teleconference with women in northern Syria. Both sides discussed the participation of Syrian women in the current round of talks in Geneva and if the representation of Syrian women meets the standards that have been determined under the Convention on The Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). The teleconference also discussed the international and local attitude of the effectiveness of the participation of women in the negotiating process and their role in pushing the negotiating process ahead.

Abu Arab said that the representation of women was adequate and inclusive. “We insist that women must be represented by a ratio of at least 30 per cent in all international events and meetings and we are seeking that women are equally represented in future events.”

It was agreed to expand the base of women's communication and to hold an expanded meeting of Syrian women in northern Syria.

Abu Arab also held a teleconference in the town of Reyhanli in southern Turkey with leaders representing the revolution forces and the armed opposition. The teleconference discussed the outcome of the Riyadh II conference and its final communiqué as well as the current round of Geneva negotiations.

Abu Arab described the meeting as "positive and effective," noting that representatives of the revolution forces and the armed opposition put forward a set of suggestions and recommendations to the HNC to be discussed during the current round of negotiations.

Abu Arab reiterated the HNC delegation’s firm commitment to the guiding principles of the Syrian revolution as well as the Geneva Communiqué of 2012 and relevant international resolutions on Syria, most importantly UN Security Council resolutions 2118 and 2254 as the basis for negotiations.

Negotiations in Geneva were resumed on Tuesday. The HNC’s delegation will meet today with the team of the UN envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, at the UN headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland to discuss the political transition process and all other baskets. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

01 December 2017 In Coalition News

Head of the Syrian opposition’s High Negotiations Committee’s (HNC), Nasr al-Hariri, said that China, as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, has the responsibility to enforce international resolutions on Syria, most importantly UN Security Council resolutions 2118 and 2254.

In a meeting with the China's Special Envoy for Syria Xie Xiaoyan on Friday morning, Hariri said that the Syrian opposition came with a unified delegation to Geneva to engage into serious and direct negotiations with the Assad regime. He called on the international community to exert pressure on the Assad regime to engage in the process.

Hariri went on to say that the HNC’s delegation came with a clear vision and strategy.

For his part, the Chinese envoy praised the willingness of the HNC delegation of to enter into direct negotiations with the Assad regime as he expressed his country’s support for the arrangements of the current political process in Geneva.

Xiaoyan stressed the need to continue to engage positively in the current round of negotiations. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

01 December 2017 In Coalition News

The Syrian opposition’s High Negotiations Committee’s (HNC) delegation to Geneva talks met foreign diplomats and representatives of friendly countries on Thursday to discuss the latest developments of the ongoing negotiating process in Geneva.

Head of HNC delegation to the talks, Nasr al-Hariri, said that the Syrian opposition is fully prepared to enter into direct negotiations with the Assad regime. He called upon the United Nations to ratchet up pressure on the Assad regime to seriously engage in the political process as soon as possible and to implement international resolutions to bring about a political transition in Syria.

Hariri pointed out that the Syrian opposition has a unified delegation representing all spectra of the opposition, stressing that "the game of oppositions being played by the regime must stop."

Hariri thanked all the guests as he urged them to make greater efforts to push forward the political process to implement UN Security Council resolutions 2118 and 2254 and prevent the regime from trying to undermine the political process.

Spokesman for the HNC’s delegation, Yahya Aridi, said that the Assad regime continues to circumvent the political process and use violence against civilians, especially in the Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta where hundreds of civilians have been killed and injured in recent weeks.

Aridi pointed out that putting and end to these crimes is the responsibility of everyone, stressing that respecting the cease-fire, stopping the bombardment and the delivery of humanitarian assistance to those in need as well as lifting the siege of the besieged areas are the pathway to achieve a political solution.

The foreign diplomats and representatives of friendly countries congratulated HNC members for succeeding in forming a unified delegation. They pointed out that their hard work with the UN team in the current round of talks will benefit the Syrian people and their demands for freedom, dignity and democracy. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

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