An official in the Syrian Coalition stressed that Russia and Iran are not committed to international resolutions on Syria, adding that they are partners in all the crimes the Assad regime is committing against Syrian civilians.
Member of the Coalition’s political committee Okab Yahya said that Moscow is exploiting the inaction of the world community to unilaterally impose its agenda for solution in Syria.
Okab was speaking during a meeting that was co-organized by the Parties Committee and the Coalition’s representation office in the Turkish city of Mersin with Syrian political bodies. Around 40 people attended the meeting.
Member of the Coalition, Fadi Ibrahim, gave an overview of the Coalition's plans to reach out to the political opposition forces with the aim of working out an appropriate formula that includes the various Syrian activities in Turkey. The plans also include preparations for the holding of extensive consultative meetings paving the way for the holding of an expanded conference of the Syrian revolutionary and opposition forces.
The meeting also discussed the latest political developments and the challenges ahead. Tabled for discussions was also the eighth round of negotiations in Geneva and their outcome as well as the performance of the Syrian Negotiations Commission and its efforts to lay out unanimous positions and attitudes.
At the end of the meeting, participants agreed on the formation of a seven-member committee whose task will be to consult with the Coalition’s political committee about all the political and field developments. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
President of the Syrian Coalition Riad Seif and members of the political committee met with Martin Longden, Great Britain’s special envoy to Syria on Monday evening. Both sides discussed the Assad regime and allies’ daily massacres against civilians in Idlib and Ghouta as well as the latest developments of the political process.
Seif said that the information being circulated about the planned Sochi conference suggests that the conference would not serve the political process. He stressed that any solution that involves Assad’s survival in power will not restore stability to the country or the region.
Seif said that the Syrian people will not accept Assad's survival, stressing that for Syrians this issue is unthinkable. He wondered: Is accepting Assad's survival logical or even moral?
Seif pointed out that Moscow failed to apply enough leverage on the Assad regime or force it to engage in serious negotiations in Geneva. "On the contrary, Russia stands by the Assad regime and supports its ongoing military operations against civilians and the FSA forces in Idlib and the Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta.”
For his part, Longden reaffirmed his country's continued support for the Syrian opposition, stressing the need for the Syrian opposition to set out a unified position towards the Russian-proposed Sochi conference and all other issues. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
A Syrian Negotiation Commission delegation led by Nasr al-Hariri met with the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman, Security Council and General Assembly Ambassadors and UN officials in New York on Monday.
Hariri set out the dangers with the Sochi process as it stands – “that it risks undermining the Geneva process and the goal of transition set out in the Geneva Communique and resolution 2254.”
“There is a political process, it is in Geneva and it’s not working because the regime refuses to negotiate. A parallel process will not change that reality and in fact risks emboldening the regime and its commitment to a military strategy,” Hariri added. He cited the massacres the Assad regime and its allies are committing against civilians in Idlib and eastern Ghouta.
Hariri urged the international community, especially the UK and the US, to “help change the dynamic by working with allies to put pressure on the regime to negotiate at Geneva and apply real pressure on the regime and its backers to bring it to the negotiating table. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)