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31 January 2019 In Coalition News

President of the Syrian Coalition Abdurrahman Mustafa, received the Canadian Deputy Foreign Minister, Ian Shugart, and an accompanying delegation on Wednesday and discussed with them the latest political developments and the situation on the ground in Syria.

President Mustafa thanked Canada for the support it provides to projects aimed at easing the suffering of the displaced people and refugees. He stressed that ending this suffering requires a genuine political transition in accordance with the UN resolutions, most notably UN Security Council resolution 2254.

President Mustafa described the remarks recently made by the new UN envoy to Syria Geir Pedersen, who stressed the need for an inclusive political process as encouraging. Much work has been already done to activate the work of the Constitutional Committee, President Mustafa said, pointing to the need to carry on with this track as a gateway to a real political process and the creation of a safe, neutral environment.

“The Assad regime will avidly seek to impede the political process and procrastinate once again as it is fully aware that this process means its demise,” President Mustafa said. “We in the Syrian Coalition insist that the only option should be to implement UN resolutions through an inclusive political process meeting the aspirations and respect the sacrifices of the Syrian people.”

President Mustafa called for raising the issue of the war crimes the Assad regime is committing against civilians in Syria; the restructuring of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria; and the activation of the work of the International Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM) to hold accountable the perpetrators of war crimes in Syria.

“The trove of photos of tens of thousands of victims of torture leaked by defecting military photographer codenamed Caesar, the use of chemical weapons against civilians, and the hundreds of the most horrible massacres will go down in history as ones of the most heinous crimes committed by the regime.”

With regards to the buffer zone area to be established in northeastern Syria, President Mustafa noted that this move would allow the return of hundreds of thousands of people who had been displaced by the PYD militia to their homes and their areas of origin.

“The establishment of the buffer zone will allow the return of internally displaced persons and refugees who should be allowed to return to their homes.”

The meeting, which was held at the headquarters of the Syrian Coalition in Istanbul, was attended by Coalition members and members of the political committee. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

30 January 2019 In Coalition News

Vice-President of the Syrian Coalition, Badr Jamous, described the relationship between the Assad regime and Iran as "generic," pointing out that the contracts recently signed between the two parties are aimed at consolidating the Iranian presence in Syria and imposing it as a fait accompli.

Jamous said that there is a strong relationship between the Assad regime and Iran as he stressed that the Assad regime is "an extension of the Iranian project in the region." He pointed out that ending the Iranian presence in Syria is linked to toppling the Assad regime.

The Assad regime is working to write off Syria to Iran through the signing of long-term trade and investment agreements, Jamous said, stressing that "we do not accept these agreements as they constitute a new obstacle to the political process."

The Iranian encroachment on Syria is an obstacle to any progress in the political process and to improving the humanitarian situation, Jamous added. “More war crimes are taking place due to Iran’s growing influence which negatively affects the stability and security of the region.”

Jamous called on the Arab states, which have committed a serious mistake by restoring ties with the regime, to reconsider their positions. He stressed that taking serious, firm stance towards Iran and the Assad regime would change the situation and put more economic and political pressure on them.

“All these agreements and contracts are null and void," Jamous said, noting that any investments in Syria have to be approved by the Transitional Governing Body to be formed as part of the UN-led political process in accordance with the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN Security Council resolution 2254. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

30 January 2019 In Coalition News

The Syrian Coalition renewed its calls for referring war crimes and crimes against humanity being committed by the Assad regime and its backers to the International Criminal Court as one of the responsibilities of the international body and the rest of the international community.

The remarks were made in a press release that the Syrian Coalition on Tuesday issued to mark sixth anniversary of the massacre of the River Queiq in Aleppo which claimed the lives of more than 220 people, including women and children.

“The Queiq River massacre in Aleppo is one of the most horrible massacres that have been targeting the Syrian people's revolution since 2011. As a stark example of the Assad regime’s brutality, the massacre gave a glimpse of the atrocities being committed against civilians and detainees in the custody of the Assad regime,” the Coalition said.

On this day, January 29, 2013, the people of Aleppo found out the details of the Queiq River massacre which was perpetrated by the Assad regime forces against civilians and detainees. The victims were shot and dumped in the river Queiq which carried them to the liberated parts of the city.

Forensic reports indicated that all the victims were found with their hands tied behind their backs and wearing civilian clothes. The victims included five women who had been raped, tortured and killed. Many bodies bore sings of torture.

The Coalition added: “The details of the massacre should serve as a reminder to all governments of the world as well as international and human rights organizations to assume their responsibilities towards the Syrian people.”

“The massacre once again highlighted the need for urgent international intervention to put an end to the Assad regime’s massacres, crimes and violations. Action needs to be taken urgently to put an end to executions and torture in the prisons of the Assad regime; ensure the release of tens of thousands of detainees; disclose the fate of the missing persons; and hold accountable those who are involved in these crimes.”

“Anyone who refuses to support investigations aimed at serving justice makes himself in a reprehensible position and an accomplice in covering up these crimes. Supporting justice and standing on the side of what is right as well as punishing the criminals is not an option among a range of options; but the only and compulsory way in which the international community must move.”

The Coalition warned that “any further delay will open the door to a world in which massacres are practiced and laws are violated with impunity. No one will be spared the consequences of these violations.” (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

29 January 2019 In Coalition News

President of the Syrian Coalition, Abdurrahman Mustafa, associated the establishment of a buffer zone in northern Syria with "the framework of supporting a political solution" as he stressed that the ultimate goal should be to ensure security throughout the country.

“Supporting the establishment of a buffer zone in Syria comes within the framework of supporting a political solution rather than putting more obstacles to this solution,” President Mustafa said Tuesday.

“The ultimate goal should be to ensure security throughout Syria and to ensure the safety of the Syrian people in their entirety; enable them to regain their freedom and rights; and provide a safe, appropriate environment for them to play their role in building a free country.”

President Mustafa earlier stressed that the establishment of a buffer zone in northern Syria is necessary to act as a safe haven for civilians in Syria and to facilitate the return of refugees to the country.

He pointed out that “the US withdrawal must be coordinated with the Turkish ally to avoid vacuum in the areas from which the US will withdraw its troops and to prevent the terrorist groups and the Assad regime and its allies from trying to fill any possible vacuum.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Monday said that his country “will soon bring security and peace to the east of the Euphrates River as we have already did in other areas in Syria.”

President Erdoğan stressed that Ankara will “clear” the remnants of ISIS from Syria, which he said were “deliberately left there and trained against Turkey.” He noted that the Western countries sought to fight ISIS through arming another terrorist group.

He said that his country “had not only eliminated the terrorists, but had exerted major efforts to reduce the effects of the humanitarian crisis in the conflict areas.”

The establishment of a safe zone in Syria has recently returned to the forefront following announcement by the United States that it will withdraw its troops from Syria. Turkey is seeking to establish a safe zone and clear it of all terrorist groups as it stressed that it will not wait forever to establish this area and that it stood ready to establish it on its own. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

26 January 2019 In Coalition News

The Syrian Coalition’s Department of Foreign Relations held its periodic meeting with representatives of the friendly countries at the Coalition’s headquarters in Istanbul on Saturday and discussed with them the latest political and on the ground developments.

President of the Syrian Coalition Abdurrahman Mustafa said that the displaced people and Syrian refugees suffer dire conditions as a result of the recent storms. He said: “More than half of the population of Syria are forcibly displaced from their homes inside and outside Syria. We hope assistance will be provided to residents of the camps.”

President Mustafa reiterated that the Assad regime has chosen military solution since day one, which has so fair failed. The Assad regime lost control of Syrian territory in general and is unable to provide basic services to people in the areas under its control.”

“The Assad regime has committed the most horrific crimes against the Syrian people claiming the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocent people. These crimes will live on in history,” President Mustafa said. He pointed out that attempts by some countries to restore ties with the Assad regime after all the crimes he committed are nothing but failed attempts to grant legitimacy to the Assad regime.

With regards to developments in the political process, Mustafa said: “We are optimistic with the start of the work of the new UN envoy following the deadlock during the mandate of the former envoy.” He pointed out that the recent remarks by Geir Pederson about an inclusive political process is encouraging.

“The Assad regime will try to block the political process as it is fully aware that it will lead to its demise. We in the Syrian Coalition insist that the only option is the implementation of UN resolutions through a comprehensive political process meeting the aspirations of the Syrian people.”

Moreover, President Mustafa stressed the importance of implementing the relevant UN Security Council resolutions, especially resolution 2254, adding that the constitutional process must lead to a political process as he stressed the need to create a safe and neutral environment through the transitional process.

He pointed out that he hoped that the international community would have the will to resolve the Syrian crisis through UN resolutions and practical steps. He called for steps to be taken regarding the constitutional committee which he said must be formed according to international standards and be balanced, comprehensive and credible as a prelude the comprehensive political process in Syria.

He also said that the Iranians would not be forced out of Syria without the implementation of UN resolution. “The terrorist organizations were found with the support of the Assad and Iranian regimes. As long Assad is there, we will not be able to fight terrorism or oust the Iranian forces from Syria. There must be a political solution.”

President Mustafa pointed out that the Arab countries’ normalization of relations with the Assad regime at this stage would disrupt the UN-led political process as well as the implementation of the Geneva Communique of 2012 and the relevant Security Council resolutions.

As for the buffer zone to be established in northeastern Syria, President Mustafa voiced support for the Turkish-American agreement to successfully implement the roadmap in Manbij and east of the Euphrates. "The buffer zone will be positive for the return of refugees and the displaced people.”

President Mustafa pointed out that the Coalition’s stance is clear with regards to the fight against terrorist organizations such as the PYD, ISIS, Al-Qaeda, PKK, and the Iranian militias. He stressed the importance of Turkish-American coordination during the withdrawal of the US forces from eastern Syria to prevent the Assad regime, the Iranians, Russians, and terrorist organizations from trying to fill the vacuum which will ensue.

Head of the Syrian Negotiations Commission, Nasr al-Hariri, also participated in the meeting via a video link. He noted that the political process today returned to the United Nations after Russia had drawn it to suit its agenda over the past two years due to the absence of the international actors in the Syrian file.

Al-Hariri stressed that the political solution in Syria should be through the full implementation of the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UNSC resolution 2254 without ignoring any provision of it. He pointed out that there are two factors without which the constitutional committee will be meaningless, which are confidence-building measures through the release of detainees and the cessation of shelling and the creation of a safe and neutral environment. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department + Baladi News Network)

25 January 2019 In Coalition News

At least 11 civilians have been killed and 40 others injured in artillery and rocket shelling by the Assad forces and their allies on rural Hama, Aleppo and Idlib over the last week. The Syrian Coalition said that these violations constitute war crimes as it stressed that those responsible must be held accountable.

Activists said that four civilians were killed in Russian airstrikes on the village of Biskariya near the town of Jisr al-Shughour in rural Idlib.

The Assad regime forces carry out artillery and rocket shelling on the towns of Kafarzeita, Lataminah, Morek, Latmin, Hasariya, al-Shatha, al-Arbaiyen, Abu Raida, Tal al-Sakhir, Janabara, Touba, Atshan, Maarkiba, Janabra and Al-Jabriya on an almost daily basis.

In rural Idlib, the towns of Al-Tamana’ah, Habeet, Jarjanaz, Talminis, Sukeik, Al-Khwain and Zarzur are subjected to artillery shelling by the Assad forces on daily basis.

Inab Baladi local news outlet on Friday quoted head of the local council in the town of Al-Tih Mayad Al-Ghajar as saying that most of the town’s residents were forced to flee because of the intensified artillery and rocket shelling. He said that the villagers fled to nearby farmlands and villages near the Turkish border.

Al-Ghajar added that around 90 percent of residents of the town fled their homes, noting that at least 16 rockets hit the town on Thursday.

Al-Ghajar pointed out that the rockets are reducing whole houses to rubble, adding that the shelling prompted the remaining people to cancel Friday prayers. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

24 January 2019 In Coalition News

The Syrian Negotiations Commission said that the US House of Representatives’ passage of the Caesar Act will stifle the Assad regime economically and put pressure on its supporters.

Smart News Network quoted the Commission’s spokesman Yahya al-Aridi as saying that the legalization “will force supporters of the regime to sit at the negotiation table and engage seriously as the regime has always sought to evade entering into serious negotiations.” He added: “The Assad regime received support from Russia to get away with its crimes, but now the regime and is supporters are feeling seriously threatened with tough sanctions.”

“The legalization will stifle the Assad regime economically and will likely affect its sponsors and all those dealing with it,” al-Aridi said. He did not rule out that the Assad regime would try to circumvent the legalization. “However, the sheer scale of the sanctions means that such attempts will be doomed to fail.”

“As long as the Assad regime seeks to hinder political solution to the crisis, the sanctions will get tougher and will be expanded to affect its supporters.”

The US House of Representatives on Tuesday passed the Caesar Syrian Civilian Protection Act of 2019 to impose new sanctions on the Assad regime and its supporters one day after the European Union slammed new sanctions on individuals and entities directly linked to the regime.

In comments he wrote on Twitter on Wednesday, President of the Syrian Coalition Abdurrahman Mustafa said: “The passage of the Caesar Act and the EU’s expansion of sanctions against the Assad regime are steps in the right direction and must be implemented effectively without further delay.”

“The US sanctions need to be coupled with judicial procedures to prevent impunity for those involved in violations and push towards a political solution in accordance with international resolutions and the Geneva Communique of 2012,” President Mustafa said. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

 

23 January 2019 In Coalition News

The US House of Representatives passed the Caesar Syrian Civilian Protection Act of 2019 to impose new sanctions on the Assad regime and its supporters one day after the European Union slammed new sanctions on individuals and entities directly linked to the regime.

According to US media reports, the legalization passed unanimously at a session of the US House of Representatives on Tuesday, with 55 deputies voting for the bill, 43 voting against, while the rest abstained from voting.

In comments he wrote on Twitter on Wednesday, President of the Syrian Coalition Abdurrahman Mustafa said: “The passage of the Caesar Act and the EU’s expansion of sanctions against the Assad regime are steps in the right direction and must be implemented effectively without further delay.”

“The US sanctions need to be coupled with judicial procedures to prevent impunity for those involved in violations and push towards a political solution in accordance with international resolutions and the Geneva Communique of 2012,” President Mustafa said.

The Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2016 is an act drafted by the US Congress sanctioning the Assad regime. On November 15, 2016 it passed the House unanimously as The Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act (HR 5732). It will allow the White House to sanction foreign persons and entities that engage with the Assad regime or its supporters.

The legalization includes a list of senior Assad regime officials, including Bashar Assad and his wife Asma, political security officials and military commanders in the air force and military intelligence as well as the Central Bank of Syria.

The move came one day after the European Union announced it was imposing new sanctions on Syrian businessmen and companies directly linked to the Assad regime, including a close associate of the regime.

The EU said its leaders met in Brussels and agreed to expand the list of sanctions against the Assad regime by adding 11 Syrian businessmen and five entities linked to the regime to the sanctions list. (Source: the Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

22 January 2019 In Coalition News

The wave of protests in the province of Dara’a, the birthplace of the Syrian revolution eight years ago, were renewed following the Assad regime’s security forces’ arrest of dozens of young people in the town of Musaifra in eastern rural Dara’a.

Local activists reported that the province is on the verge of a new uprising because of the Assad regime’s security forces’ harassment of the local population and the frequent raids on civilian homes, the most recent of which targeted many homes in the town of Musaifra in search of people who are wanted by the regime.

The new wave of random arrests targeted dozens of military-aged people and former FSA fighters.

In response, new anti-regime graffiti appeared on the walls in the neighboring town of al-Sahwa calling for the overthrow of the Assad regime with all its symbols. The graffiti also rejected compulsory service in Assad’s army as they reaffirmed commitment to the principles of the Syrian revolution.

Despite the so-called the reconciliation agreement in place, the Assad regime’s security services continue to raid civilian homes in Dara’a province. A civilian was killed in one of these raids in southern rural Quenitra while two others were detained a few days ago.

In recent weeks, Dara’a has witnessed the scrawling of new anti-regime on the walls defying the Assad regime and threatening its presence in the province. The revolutionary movement has intensified since last month despite the Assad regime’s tightened grip on the province.

A new video was published on social media showing the flag of the Syrian Revolution raised on the minaret of a mosque in the town of al-Karak al-Sharqi. Such moves will likely threaten the Assad regime’s grip on the areas that fell to its forces following brutal military campaigns in the past few months.

President of the Syrian Coalition Abdurrahman Mustafa earlier said that the revolution “will not stop," and that the Syrian people "will not give up their fight for freedom.”

Dara’a province, the cradle of the Syrian revolution, last week saw renewed anti-regime demonstrations in central Dara’a city emphasizing the revolution would continue until the overthrow of the regime with all its symbols. Various areas across the province also saw the scrawling of anti-regime graffiti on the walls denouncing the regime and its security apparatuses. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

21 January 2019 In Coalition News

President of the Syrian Coalition, Abdurrahman Mustafa, stressed that the establishment of a buffer zone in northern Syria is necessary to act as a safe haven for civilians in Syria and to facilitate the return of refugees to the country.

“The Syrian Coalition has long suggested ​​the establishment of a buffer zone to act as a safe haven for Syrian civilians inside the Syrian territory, which will facilitate the return of refugees and those who were displaced by terrorism regardless of their racial and religious affiliations,” President Mustafa told Anadolu Agency in an interview on Sunday.

President Mustafa pointed out that “the US withdrawal must be coordinated with the Turkish ally to avoid vacuum in the areas from which the US will withdraw its troops and to prevent the terrorist groups and the Assad regime and its allies from trying to fill any possible vacuum.

Furthermore, President Mustafa said that he earlier met with an American delegation and discussed with them the situation in Syria. “The discussion was positive and useful,” He said, adding” We put forward the Syrian Coalition’s vision for resolving the conflict in Syria. We also discussed the situation on the ground east of the Euphrates River. The US side laid out their vision for east of the Euphrates.”

“The Syrian Coalition will accept an invitation from the American side to visit the United States next month as it believes there must be constant communication with the active countries both on the ground and in the political process. We believe that a solution on the ground in east of the Euphrates will reflect positively on the political process.

President Mustafa stressed that the PYD militia must withdraw from the town of Manbij to allow the return of the forcibly displaced persons and the formation of a civil administration by the local population as was the case in Afrin. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

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