Nasr Hariri, head of the delegation of the opposition’s High Negotiations Committee (HNC) to Geneva talks, said that Assad and the pillars of this regime will not have any role in any transitional period in Syria. He stressed that the regime is the sole cause of terrorism, adding that terrorism cannot be defeated without addressing its root cause.
In an interview with Anadolu Agency on Tuesday, Hariri said: "Everyone is now convinced that fighting terrorism is a priority, and that the Assad regime is practicing terrorism against the Syrian people backed by the Iranian militias and mercenaries, such as the Lebanese Hezbollah and Iraqi militias. The Syrian people are also being subjected to terror by Al-Qaeda and ISIS extremist groups and all groups fighting under their banners.”
“Bringing about political stability is essential to safely claim that the fight against terrorism has succeeded. This stability cannot be achieved except through a clear political transition process in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions," Hariri added. He stressed the need for “international will to find ways to push the stalled political process forward and initiate a genuine political process according to a clear timetable as was stipulated by the UN Security Council resolutions.”
Hariri accused the international community and the United Nations of failing to assume their role and to force the Assad regime and its allies to negotiate in good faith and to seriously discuss the political transition. “This is why we say that there is a party that is intransigent and refuses to engage in this process as it is fully aware it will be the biggest loser in this process.”
“The United Nations cannot push the political process ahead without the presence of an international driving force, which can be achieved through a US-Russian agreement.”
Hariri went on: “Russia and Iran are to blame for the stalled political process as they continue to support the Assad regime and fight alongside it. Without genuine international intervention to create a balance on the battlefield or force the regime's allies to engage in the political process, the role of the United Nations will remain restricted.” (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
Vice-president of the Syrian Coalition Abdul Basset Hamou said that the Kurdish National Council (KNC) will continue to resist the authoritarian practices of the militias of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) with all available peaceful means.
“The KNC is fully determined to pursue its peaceful approach," Hamou told Kullana Shurakaa’ website. “The guiding principle we set for ourselves is that the best interests of our people should take precedence above any other considerations."
Hamou pointed out that the PYD militias continue to pursue “arbitrary and barbaric policies against our people, such as the closure of the offices of political parties, the forced recruitment, extortion of money, the kidnapping of leading dissident figures, political and media activists as well as the crackdown on civil society organizations, the stifling of political and economic life and the imposition of ideology-driven curriculum in schools.”
The PYD militias are seeking to ignite an infighting among the Kurds with the aim of distracting the people away from their primary goals and concerns, Hamou said. He said that “the KNC does nourish hope that the PYD will give up its authoritarian policies as a totalitarian party."
On the relationship between the KNC and the Coalition, Hamou pointed out that the Council is a major component of the Coalition, adding that the two sides signed off on an agreement on a common vision for the future of Syria. The Council also participated in all the previous meetings in Geneva and is a major component of the opposition’s High Negotiations Committee. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)