Head of the Syrian Negotiations Commission Nasr Al-Hariri stressed that the current round of UN-led negotiations in Vienna will test the Assad regime and its backers’ seriousness to engage in the political process and implement international resolutions.
In a press conference on Wednesday, Hariri said that "the current round of negotiations will test the seriousness of all parties in the political process." He added: "We are here today to follow up what we have already talked about, namely the intra-Syrian talks to reach a just and real solution under the auspices of the United Nations. We are keen to reach a political solution in the country."
Hariri welcomed "the renewed commitment of international partners to supporting the UN-led negotiations," pointing out that the Commission has recently held several meetings in various countries, the latest of which was with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday.
Hariri said that the messages the Commission has received during its international tour over the past week, which included the United Nations, the United States, France, Britain, Turkey and Russia, were “clear in that there was an intention to support the Geneva process aimed at bringing about a political transition in line with UN Security Council resolution 2254."
"We are waiting for this intention to materialize by bringing the Assad regime to the negotiating table,” Hariri said, adding that the “Syrian Negotiations Commission is ready to discuss all the details of UNSC resolution 2254 to achieve political transition, including constitutional issues and elections.”
Hariri underscored that the Commission has "a genuine desire to implement UNSC resolution 2254 and the Geneva Communique of 2012 calling for the initiation of a transition stage with full powers, the drafting of a new constitution, and the holding of fair elections.” He noted that the current round of talks would focus on constitutional issues.
"If the United Nations is serious, all parties must abide by the primary goal of negotiations by implementing UN Security Council resolution 2254. We have never heard from the Assad regime that it is going to engage seriously in these negotiations."
As for the Commission’s position of the so-called national dialogue conference to be held in Sochi, Hariri pointed out that they did not have enough information about the conference and that they need to read the developments, especially over the next two days. He stressed that any decision taken by the Commission will not contravene the Syrian people’s demands and aspirations. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
President of the Syrian Coalition Riad Seif participated in a meeting with European donor countries at the headquarters of the Syrian Interim Government (SIG) in Gaziantep, southern Turkey on Thursday.
SIG’s Head Jawad Abu Hatab, SIG’s ministers, heads of local councils, and head of Assistance Coordination Unit (ACU) participated in the meeting.
The aim of the meeting was to coordinate efforts with SIG on existing programs and to develop new programs that are consistent with SIG’s goals to provide essential services to the civilian population as well as restore security and stability to the liberated areas.
Abu Hatab and his deputies gave an overview of SIG’s work in the liberated areas and its services projects. They called for stepping up support for the SIG’s work on the ground to restore institutions as well as develop services and investment projects with the aim of providing services to the Syrian civilians, preventing the fragmentation of the Syrian territory, and restoring stability to the liberated areas.
They also called for supporting SIG’s efforts to establish a professional, institutional, and legal system. Moreover, they stressed the need to append the capabilities of the local councils within the legal framework of the state and in line with the SIG’s internal regulations.
Speaking via a video link from besieged eastern Ghouta, SIG’s Deputy-Head Akram Tomeh gave an overview of SIG’s work in southern Syria and eastern Ghouta as he highlighted the challenges facing it, especially the tightened siege and the intensifying military campaigns by the Assad regime and its sectarian militias on the area.
SIG prioritizes the meeting of the needs of civilians in the liberated areas in the areas of health, services, food and education. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Wednesday received Nasr Hariri, Head of the Syrian Negotiations Commission. Both sides discussed the regional and international developments ahead of the current round of UN-led negotiations.
The two sides also discussed the outcome of the international tour a delegation of the Commission has recently done. Discussions were especially focused on the delegation’s recent visit to the Russian Federation.
Hariri thanked Turkey for the support it provides to the Syrian people in their quest to regain their rights and achieve their aspirations for the establishment of a democratic state that safeguards the rights of all its citizens.
President Erdoğan expressed support for the efforts the Commission is making to ensure full implementation of UN resolutions as he affirmed that the Turkish position corresponds with all steps that are likely to achieve the aspirations of the Syrian people.
The Turkish president also stressed that Turkey stands at the same distance from all components of the Syrian people and that Turkey’s military operations in northern Syria target terrorist militias that aid the Assad regime in the killing the Syrian people and also threaten Turkish security.
President Erdogan emphasized the Turkish army's keenness not to cause any harm to civilians, adding that precautions the Turkish army is taking have prolonged the military operations in Syria’s north. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)