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)
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)
The Special Forces of the Syrian National Army’s (SNA) Second Corps carried out military exercises in the outskirts of the town of Afrin in Aleppo province on Monday in the presence of the Syrian Interim Government’s Minister of Defense and SNA’s Chief of Staff Major General Salim Idris, Commander of the SNA’s Al-Hamzat Division Saif Abu Bakr, and a number of field commanders.
The maneuvers went successfully and saw the participation of around 500 SNA fighters who received special training over the past few months. They involved the firing of mortar shells and heavy machine guns and climbing a steep hill to eliminate a target.
Major General Idris supervised the maneuvers after field commanders gave a detailed explanation of the stages of the maneuvers and their objectives.
The drills came as part of the SNA’s efforts to raise the combat readiness of its units so as to achieve coordination and harmony among the SNA’s units during the upcoming military operations.
The move came to confirm the determination of SIG’s Ministry of Defense to establish a professional national army meeting the international military standards and working to improve security and stability in the liberated areas. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Vice-president of the Syrian National Coalition, Oqab Yahya, said that the fallen hero Meshaal al-Tammo was a shining example to the Syrian citizen who incorporates the Kurdish cause in the overall national framework.
Yahya stressed that Tammo embodied the spirit and goals of the revolution as a revolution for Syrians of all backgrounds and affiliations. He said: “Tammo was at the forefront of the struggle to combine the general and special causes as he refused any separation between them.”
Yahya went on to say that the Syrian people today commemorates the eighth anniversary of the assassination of Tammo, the late Coalition member, in the town of al-Qamishli. He pointed out that the Assad regime sought to stifle the spirit of revolution among the Syrian people, especially the Kurds.
Moreover, Yahya stressed that the Kurds were and are still an essential part of the Syrian people's revolution against tyranny, adding that the positions and ideas of Tammo are becoming clearer day after day. He stressed that the causes of the Syrian people and the Kurds is one project that cannot be separated or divided, adding that the victory of the revolution is a victory for the Kurdish cause as a purely Syrian cause.
He pointed out that Tammo strenuously defended the rights of the Syrian people and stood firm in the face of tyranny and injustice. He expressed confidence in the ability of the Syrian people to produce more of those heroes who act as a guarantee for victory of the Syrian people with all their components despite attempts by the forces of tyranny and occupation to crush the people’s will.
“Tammo stood in the face of discrimination and divisions that Assad regime and its allies sought to sow in Syria unlike others who did not show the wisdom and deep humanitarian vision that Tammo once had.” (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Office of Turkey in the Syrian National Coalition’s Department of Foreign Relations met with the Coalition’s Representative Office in Turkey, the Syrian team in the Joint Syrian-Turkish Committee, and the Syrian Interim Government to discuss developing a joint plan of action to strengthen the relationship with the Turkish parliamentary parties and blocs; shed light on the Syrian Revolution; and clarify the reasons that forced millions of Syrians out of their country.
Participants in the meeting agreed to hold meetings with university students and the various Turkish social strata as well as to hold lectures at Turkish universities and local communities to highlight the historical relationship between the Syrian and Turkish people.
They also stressed the need to continue to work on ensuring that the residency of all Syrian nationals in Turkey is legal and to work with the Turkish authorities to reach an appropriate legal formula for all cases.
The participants stressed that the recent facilitations resulting from the work of the Joint Committee helped many Syrian nationals in Turkey, calling for more work to prevent attempts by the Assad regime to sow discord between the two brotherly peoples. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian Interim Government’s (SIG) Minister of Health Maram Al-Sheikh Mustafa toured hospitals and health directorates in rural Aleppo to discuss ways to improve healthcare for the population in the liberated areas.
Al-Sheikh Mustafa met with Director of the Free Directorate of Health in Aleppo Hassan Obeid and his assistant, Abdul Basit Al-Shyoukhi to discuss with them the situation of healthcare in the region. He stressed the importance of organizing projects and efforts in healthcare in the liberated areas, adding that these efforts need to correspond with the decisions and recommendations put forward by the Ministry.
Sheikh Mustafa also visited the Association of Health Workers in Aleppo and met with head of the Associaton of Nurses, Technicians and Midwives in Aleppo Branch, Tariq Najjar. The two sides discussed the important role of the associations in improving healthcare and empower the healthcare institutions with qualified staff and improve their working conditions.
He also met with the Head of the local council in the town of Marea, Fouad Abbas, and discussed with him the situation of healthcare in the town.
Sheikh Mustafa also visited a number of hospitals in the region and met with the management and doctors working in them. They talked about the importance of developing health and administrative work in the liberated areas as he thanked them for their tremendous efforts despite the difficult circumstances in the region and the limited resources. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian National Coalition’s Department of Institutions and Governmental Affairs convened to discuss the latest developments in the work of the Interim Syrian Government (SIG) in the liberated areas.
SIG’s Head Abdurrahman Mustafa talked about the tour he and SIG’s ministers conducted to towns and villages in the liberated areas. He gave and overview of services and effective institutions in all sectors and the mechanisms of work.
Mustafa pointed out that there were still many challenges facing the reality of work and civilians in the liberated areas. He added that SIG’s ministers are working to find appropriate solutions, achieve the goals and vision laid out by SIG to manage the liberated areas, and improve stability and security.
Moreover, Mustafa talked about the progress made in unifying the opposition armed groups, the latest of which was the merger between the Syrian National Army and the National Liberation Front. He stressed they were carrying on with the efforts to establish a professional national army in accordance with international standards.
The Department reaffirmed the role of the Coalition in supporting SIG’s efforts and assisting it through the offices of the Coalition and its committees with the aim of achieve a complementary role between the two sides at the political and administrative levels. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian National Coalition’s Department of Foreign Relations, the Office of Strategic Consulting, and the Office of Studies met to discuss the basic elements in the rules of procedure of the Constitutional Committee. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres announced the formation of the Committee on the sidelines of the 74th meeting of the UN General Assembly in September.
Participants in the meeting stressed the importance of abiding by the rules of procedure governing and facilitating the work of the Committee and its timetable. They called on the international community to ratchet up pressure on the Assad regime and not to allow it to disrupt the political process.
Moreover, the participants stressed the United Nations’ important role in the political process in its entirety, stressing the need to continue to deal positively with the United Nations which oversees the work of the Committee in Geneva, Switzerland.
They also stressed that though the Committee will help revitalize the political process, it will not obviate the need to implement international resolutions on Syria, most importantly the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN Security Council Resolution 2254 in the sequence set out in those resolutions.
The participants also stressed the need to join ranks and work with everyone to produce a clear picture of the new constitution of the country guaranteeing the rights of all Syrian citizens and forming the groundwork for the work of the Transitional Governing Body (TGB) and the holding of fair, free elections under the auspices of the United Nations. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)