An official in the Syrian Coalition stressed that any de-escalation agreement must cover all Syrian territory, adding that such agreements must be reached in parallel with progress in the political solution to prevent the Assad regime from exploiting these agreements to achieve military gains.
Member of the Coalition’s political committee Yasser Farhan said that a comprehensive cease-fire "has always one of the Syrian people’s main demands.” He added that the Assad regime “still insists on pursuing a military solution to crush the Syrian revolution."
Farhan pointed out that the Coalition "realizes that any cease-fire must be comprehensive and cover the entire Syrian territory to prevent the Assad regime from exploiting these agreements to re-group its forces and deploy them to attack a specific area. He pointed out that these agreements must be reached in parallel with progress in the transitional process so that disengagement lines are not turned into boundaries affecting the unity of Syria on the long run.”
Farhan reaffirmed the Coalition is keen on the success of all ceasefire agreements, but warned of localized ceasefire agreements. The fact that Russia, Assad’s staunchest ally, is the sole sponsor, guarantor, and observer of these agreements raises question about their feasibility, he added.
Moscow is trying to rehabilitee the Assad regime in the liberated areas through supporting partial, localized de-escalation agreements that are aimed at derailing the political process in Geneva, Farhan stressed. He noted that Russia is exploiting the dire humanitarian conditions of civilians in the liberated areas to force them to agree to these agreements. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
Riad Hijab, General Coordinator of the opposition’s High Negotiations Committee (HNC), reiterated the Syrian opposition’s firm commitment to the goals and guiding principles of the revolution, stressing that toppling the Assad regime "is a necessity, not an option." He said that the HNC is not authorized to waive the demands of the Syrian people.
"The world must realize that what is taking place in Syria is not a struggle for power, but a popular uprising against tyranny," said Hijab during a teleconference with representatives of the local councils and leaders of the revolutionary movement in Dara’a province.
"The current situation in Syria is the result of the failure of the current regime to effectively administer the affairs of the country," Hijab added.
“We will continue to press the legitimate demands of the Syrian people as we are not authorized to relinquish them. Our legitimacy depends on the extent of our commitment to carry out our duty with the utmost conscientiousness and sincerity.”
Saudi Arabia’s foreign ministry on Sunday denied media reports that Saudi Arabia was considering a political transition with a first phase in which Assad will stay in power. It said that media reports quoting Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir regarding the fate of Assad are “inaccurate.”
In a statement released on Sunday, the ministry reiterated commitment to a solution in Syria in accordance with the principles of the Geneva 2012 Communique and UN Security Council Resolution 2254, stressing that Assad should have no place in such a solution or in the future of Syria.
For their part, representatives of the local councils and leaders of the revolutionary movement in Dara’a province reaffirmed firm commitment to the goals and guiding principles of the revolution, most importantly the overthrowing of the Assad regime along with all its symbols and pillars.
They also stressed the need to main Syria’s unity and expressed outright rejection of plans to partition the country. Moreover, the representatives and leaders stressed that the de-escalation zones agreement which has recently been reached in Dara’a must cover all Syrian territory. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)