Head of the Syrian Negotiations Commission, Nasr Hariri, reaffirmed the Commission’s insistence on the full implementation of UN Security Council resolution 2254 after the Constitutional Committee had been put under the auspices of the UN special envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura and the United Nations.
"We are fully committed to the provisions of UN Security Council resolution 2254 as we welcome any ideas and initiatives supporting the implantation of the resolution," Hariri said at a press conference in Istanbul, Turkey, on Thursday. He underscored the need to a create a safe and neutral environment for the constitutional process to take place while ensuring the free will of participants.
Hariri also stressed that this safe and neutral environment requires the initiation of a transitional phase led by a Transitional Governing Body (TGB) with full executive powers in accordance with UN resolutions.
The Commission is seeking to make the conference serve the Geneva political process with a number of principles, chief among them are the establishment of a ceasefire, allowing humanitarian aid convoys into the besieged areas, and the release of a first batch of detainees, Hariri said. He emphasized that any outcome coming out of the Sochi conference must correspond with UN Security Council resolution 2254.
Moreover, Hariri stressed that the Sochi conference should be a one-off without turning into a parallel or conflicting course with the Geneva process. He said that any outcome of the conference must be delivered to the UN-led political process in Geneva in line with UN resolution 2254 and the Geneva Communiqué of 2012.
Hariri pointed out that the Sochi conference must not be considered as representing all the Syrian people because of the way the participants were selected, reiterating the need for a neutral environment for the conference and all its arrangements.
Hariri said that the Commission has spared no effort to achieve a breakthrough in the path of political solution and was open to any ideas that would help in this regard.
Hariri thanked all countries supporting the Syrian people's demands for freedom and dignity and those which interacted with the Commission during the making of its independent national decision which was made with a free will and out of a deep sense of national responsibility. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian Coalition condemned the continued bombing campaigns by the Assad regime and Russian forces on Idlib and Rural Damascus, warning of the consequences of the policies of killing and displacement being pursued by the Assad regime-Russian alliance.
In a press release issued on Thursday, the Coalition said that “the Russian occupation and regime forces continue to commit more crimes in Syria. Tuesday (January 30) and the days before it witnessed terrible crimes in rural Idlib, Rural Damascus and other areas in Syria.”
“In addition to the continued killing and escalation, the bombing campaign is also causing massive destruction, chaos, and forced displacement of civilians. These atrocious crimes have time and again demonstrated that the Assad regime and its Russian and Iranian allies know only how to kill and commit crimes and that every initiative on the political level is nothing but a media hype aimed at gaining more time,” the Coalition added.
The Coalition warned of further escalation and crimes by Russia in the coming days in retaliation for the failure of the project that Russia was trying to impose on the Syrian people through the Sochi conference which was held in late January.
The Coalition held the Assad regime and Russia complete responsibility for the crimes that they have committed over the past few days.
“The majority of crimes committed in the past few days affected civilian areas in rural Idlib. Airstrikes on Monday resulted in the deaths of 15 civilians in a vegetables market in the town of Ariha and injured dozens more, all of whom were displaced civilians. Violent airstrikes also targeted the town of Sarqib on Tuesday, killing at least 16 civilians and wounding dozens more.”
The Coalition went on: “These atrocious crimes have exposed the real Russian position and demonstrated that Russia is determined to continue to support the Assad regime and its allied militias by all means possible through a twisted understanding of the political solution and all other understandings concerning the ‘de-escalation zones’ agreement as well as the declarations of truces and cessation of bombings.
“It is imperative, therefore, that the UN Security Council condemn these massacres, hold the perpetrators accountable by all possible means, work for the protection of Syrian civilians, and find a just solution that achieves their aspirations in line with the resolutions it passed on Syria.”
The Coalition concluded its press release by stressing that “the occupiers will not escape their responsibilities for the war crimes they are committing in Syria. Perpetrators of these crimes against the Syrian people will be prosecuted and held accountable in all possible means.” (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)