Secretary-General of the Syrian Coalition, Nazir al-Hakim, stressed that forces of the revolution and its institutions all agree on the demand of the departure of Bashar al-Assad and his clique at the start of the transitional period. He stressed that any party that tries to support or reproduce the Assad regime will be partner in the spread of repressive, extremist ideologies that are based on the curtailment of freedom and the continuation of killings and murder.
Hakim was speaking during a meeting with President of the Union of the Free Syrian Writers, Tawfiq al-Obeid, on Wednesday at the headquarters of the Coalition’s General Secretariat in Istanbul.
Hakim was presented with an honorary shield from the Union of the Free Syrian Writers expressing their appreciation for the moral support the Coalition extends to all institutions of the revolution.
Hakim said that the crimes being committed by the Assad regime and its allied foreign militias cannot be obliterated from history or books, adding that the countries, institutions and people who stood by Assad "cannot be forgotten nor can they erase the ignominy they brought upon themselves.”
Hakim pointed out that the Coalition and the Syrian Interim Government (SIG) will always stand by all the free institutions that are helping Syrians regain their free decisions and end the Assad regime’s control of all aspects of life in Syria. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian Coalition announced it condemns announcement by the United States of plans to build a military force in northeastern Syria.
In a press release issued on Wednesday, the Coalition said that it “condemns plans by the United States to form a border force in northeastern Syria,” expressing its “rejection of any pretexts or allegations being used to advance such projects.”
The Coalition stressed the importance of efforts to combat terrorism and to counter the ISIS extremist group. “However, fighting terrorism does not justify the use of organizations that commit violations and crimes against the Syrian people,” it said.
“It is not acceptable to place the territories freed from terrorism under the control of the militias of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) or any other organizations whose agendas contradict the goals of the Syrian revolution and those which are linked to the regime and the occupation forces,” the Coalition went on.
The Coalition pointed out that plans announced by Washington must have instead been aimed at focusing on the creation of conditions that force the Assad regime and its backers to respect international resolutions on Syria.
“The continued ignoring of the urgent requirements for reaching a political solution, and the continued blocking of supplies for the Free Syrian Army, coupled with supporting and arming other forces with non-national projects as well as working to carry out such illegal and unacceptable plans have revealed an opportunistic policy exploiting the current circumstances to create more problems instead of exerting pressure on the Assad regime and its supporters to abide by international resolutions.”
The Coalition underscored that “all attempts to impose any kind of projects or solutions that threaten to divide Syria are all doomed to failure, not to mention they risk fueling the conflict and increasing the suffering of millions of Syrians.”
The Coalition concluded the press release by stressing that “events that have occurred over the past few years as well as the enormous sacrifices being made by the Syrian people and their commitment to the principles of the revolution have shown that no party will be able to make any steps or implement any projects on the ground against the will of the Syrian people who will continue their struggle for freedom, dignity and justice.” (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)