Vice-President of the Syrian National Coalition, Oqab Yahya, met with French political advisor on Syria, Fabrice Desplechin and discussed with him the upcoming military operation east of the Euphrates River.
Yahya pointed out that the Coalition attached great importance to the areas east of the Euphrates River and developed a clear vision for them that is based on allowing the local population to manage their areas. He also said that the Coalition formed the Al-Jazeera and Euphrates Committee which held various meetings to discuss security, administrative and social issues in the region.
Yahya pointed out that the Committee conducted several studies to form effective local councils under the umbrella of the Syrian Interim Government’s Ministry of Local Administration and developed plans to establish police stations tasked with maintaining security and stability.
He said that the Syrian Interim Government (SIG) has come a long way in forming a professional national army under the political leadership of the Coalition and in ending factionalism that prevailed in the past period. He pointed out that SIG’s Head Abdurrahman Mustafa announced a merger between the Syrian National Army and the National Liberation Front a few days ago.
Moreover, Yahya stressed the importance of ending the PYD militia’s control of the region as terrorist organization, adding that those militias still have a strong relationship with the Assad regime and are associated with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). “The decision-makers in this organization are not even Syrians, but came from the Qandil Mountains.”
Yahya pointed out that the Coalition is constantly receiving reports on violations and crimes this militia is committing against all social components in the region, calling on states that provide support to the PYD militia to end this support. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian National Coalition’s Office of Strategic Consulting held a workshop in the Turkish city of Kilis to discuss the options available to the Syrian revolution at the political and military levels. About 30 activists, media workers, and representatives of civil society organizations attended the workshop which was held in cooperation with the Coalition’s Office of Studies and Documentation.
Ahmed Ramadan, member of the Coalition’s political committee, talked about international moves and the UN's efforts to revitalize the political process and whether it will lead to a political solution in accordance with UN resolution 2254 or will be limited to political settlement imposed by the interests of the main stakeholders in Syria.
Ramadan talked the Assad regime’s internal crises, the growing resentment in the areas under its control, and the Iranian militias’ crimes against the Syrian people. He also talked about Russia's attempts to get out of its predicament in Syria after four years of military intervention that has so far failed to achieve a military resolution or impose its political will on the Syrian people.
Riad al-Hassan, Secretary of the Coalition’s political committee, talked in some detail about the course of the political process since it has begun with the adoption of the Geneva Communique of 2012 up to announcement by the UN Secretary-General of the launch of the Constitutional Committee. He also talked about attempts by the regime and its backers to disrupt the negotiating process and undermine all chances of reaching a political solution as it did in 2014 and during the eight rounds of talks in Geneva during which three UN envoys failed to achieve a significant breakthrough in the course of negotiations.
Al-Hassan also talked about the Coalition and the Syrian Negotiations Commission’s formation of working groups tasked with dealing with prospects of the political process and how to ensure continued commitment to the goals of the Syrian revolution and that the new constitution reflects the hopes and aspirations of the Syrian people in all their components and backgrounds.
Member of the Coalition Mohammad Wajih Juma and Chairman of the Syrian Turkoman Council, talked about the importance of building a successful model in the liberated areas. He also talked about the importance of cooperativeness between all the national institutions of the revolution and the need for more work for millions of Syrian civilians in the liberated areas through the provision of services, rehabilitation of infrastructure, improving security, the creation of jobs for the Syrian youth, and supporting civil society.
The participants included member of the political committee Bahjat Atassi, Mohammed Wali, member of the General Assembly and the Office of Strategic Consulting, and Colonel Mohammed al-Shamali, representative of the Coalition in the Turkish city of Gaziantep. They discussed the course of the revolution and the need for strengthening the national discourse and the need for cooperativeness to rid Syria of despotism and bring about a national, democratic alternative. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Assad regime on Tuesday detained member of the Constitutional Committee, Mohammad Ali Sayegh, at the Al-Jadida crossing on the Syrian-Lebanese border as he was heading to Saudi Arabia to participate in the Committee’s meeting in the Saudi capital Riyadh.
In a statement, the National Coordination Commission condemned these “repressive practices” and demanded the immediate release of its representative to the Constitutional Committee.
The Commission said that the Assad regime will be responsible for "any harm that might affect Sayegh, adding that Sayegh was detained by the 279 external branch of the State Security.
The Commission stressed that the arrest of Sayegh was a clear violation of Article VI of the rules of procedure on building confidence and ensuring the security and safety of members of the Constitutional Committee. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)