The Syrian Negotiations Commission held an expanded meeting in the Saudi capital of Riyadh that included its representatives in the Constitutional Committee as part of the preparations for negotiations on the drafting of a new constitution for the country in Geneva later this month.
The meetings include discussion of various topics and the distribution of the participants into specialized workshops that will convene for five days with the aim of preparing papers and files related to the constitutional process.
President of the Syrian National Coalition Anas al-Abda, stressed the importance of their work and the mission they are carrying out. He said: “We are tasked with drafting a constitution that will be written with the blood of the victims and the tears of the mothers. It is a constitution for all Syrians without exception.”
Al-Abda pointed to the need to "assume responsibility, which may be one of the most difficult tasks that can be placed on the shoulders of Syrian political figures for more than half a century." He called for stepping up efforts and working with more creatively and commitment while showing patience and hope.
Head of the Syrian Negotiations Commission, Nasr al-Hariri, stressed that the drafting of a new constitution is not the solution to the Syrian crisis, nor is it an alternative to the formation of Transitional Governing Body. The launch of its work requires in parallel negotiations on the other baskets, he added.
Al-Hariri pointed out that participation in the constitutional process stems from the fact that the Syrian issue is a just one, adding that the Assad regime is seeking to circumvent this process. He stressed commitment to all the principles and goals of the Syrian people and the need to be armed with will and clarity of vision. “We know where we will have to stop if the process came under danger or if its mechanism were derailed.”
Moreover, al-Hariri urged the international community and the UN envoy to work hard to launch a genuine process without hindrances to the Constitutional Committee and within a clear timetable in accordance with resolution 2254. He also called for working on the release of detainees and the establishment of a ceasefire, especially in Idlib. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Minister of Local Administration and Services of the Syrian Interim Government, Mohammad Saeed Suleiman, met with the Director of the Affairs of the Forcefully Displaced Persons in the town of Azaz in rural Aleppo.
Suleiman discussed the situation of displaced persons in the liberated areas and the most important issues, the problems and daily humanitarian needs.
Participant in the meeting reviewed the “interactive map" project which the Directorate is about to launch. The project aims to create a database containing all the information on the IDPs, including their needs and linking them with the online map service.
Suleiman praised the efforts being made by the staff of the Directorate and the important result, stressing the importance of working to provide services and alleviate the suffering of the IDPs. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian National Coalition reaffirmed its commitment to fighting terrorism in all its forms and to working with its partners in Turkey and the international anti-ISIS coalition to defeat terrorist organizations and giving the lands and towns back to the Syrian people.
In a press release issued on Tuesday, the Coalition said that for the past few months, it has contributed to the efforts to establish a safe zone in northern Syria and create the appropriate conditions for the voluntary return of displaced persons and refugees.
“We hoped these efforts would succeed in finding a solution that would ensure the defeat of the PYD militia and the transborder terror groups that turned this region into a hotbed of chaos, violence and terrorism,” the Coalition said.
The Coalition also reiterated its supports for the efforts of the Syrian National Army, the Ministry of Defense, and Chief of Staff. It stressed that the Syrian National Army is ready to combat terror in cooperation and joint action with the brothers in Turkey so as to safeguard the national interests of the Syrian people with all their Arab, Kurd, Turkoman, Assyrian and other components. It is also ready to prevent terrorist organizations from using Syrian territory to threaten the security and stability of Syria and neighboring countries.
The Coalition added that it has already informed the Syrian Interim Government, its ministries and directorates to prepare to work in the areas that will be liberated; spare no effort to elect local councils, provide the essential services, protect the security of our people, and ensure they are able to stay in their homes and towns.
“The Coalition calls on everyone to work with the Syrian National Army to isolate the terrorists and activate the work of institutions to serve all Syrian citizens.”
“The Coalition is communicating extensively with sisterly and friendly states to brief them about the latest developments. We reaffirm our support for the political and military efforts to remove the threat of terrorism from eastern Syria as we will continue to resist the tyrannical regime by all means.” (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)