The Syrian National Coalition’s political committee on Friday held an important meeting to discuss the agreement to suspend military operations east of the Euphrates River and the latest developments in the work of the Constitutional Committee.
The meeting brought together the Coalition President Anas Al-Abda, Head of the Syrian Negotiations Commission, Nasr Al-Hariri, Head of the Syrian Interim Government, Abdurrahman Mustafa, and the Joint Chairman of the Constitutional Committee Hadi Al-Bahra.
The political committee welcomed the agreement to suspend military operations east of the Euphrates and establish a safe zone. It stressed that the agreement will have a positive role in achieving the goals of the military operation without any suffering or incurring losses.
SIG’s Head Abdurrahman Mustafa reaffirmed that SIG stood ready to start the work east of the Euphrates. He gave an overview of SIG’s plans in the areas of security and stability in that region, especially following the remarkable progress in the unification of the armed opposition groups and their incorporation into the Syrian National Army. He also talked about SIG’s plans to provide essential services and improve education and health.
Al-Hariri and Al-Bahra briefed the meeting on the final preparations for the first round of the work of the Constitutional Committee scheduled for late October at the United Nations Office at Geneva.
They stressed that preparations for the first round of discussions have been completed. They said that the representatives of the Syrian Negotiations Commission in the Constitutional Committee have already laid out visions of the basic rights and freedoms, security and military institutions, the electoral process, the mandate of the legislative, judicial and executive powers and ways to ensure their independence and that there is a separation between these powers. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian National Coalition welcomed the temporary suspension of military operations reached on Thursday (17 October) by the United States and Turkey.
In a press release issued on Friday, the Coalition said that the agreement “represents a success for Operation Peace Spring which was launched with the aim of protecting the territorial integrity of Syria; ousting terrorist organizations and militias; and allowing the displaced people to return to their homes.”
“The success of the operation stems from the fact that it has achieved its goals of establishing a safe zone in record time. The Turkish-US agreement will help achieve these goals with minimal losses,” the Coalition said.
The Coalition went on to say that the operation proved serious in implementing the safe zone project after we tried to resolve this situation by all possible means.
“War was never our goal. The operation came as a natural result of the abnormal situation that emerged in this region and the numerous violations documented by multiple international human rights organizations.”
The Coalition added: “Terrorism had to be confronted and defeated so as to maintain the territorial integrity of Syria and eliminate the threat of partitioning the country after the international community failed to ensure so.”
The Coalition noted the important, positive role of the United States and Turkey in reaching this agreement.
“The Syrian National Army will remain fully alert and ready to defend the territorial integrity of Syria and respond to any breaches of the agreement.” (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)