The Syrian National Coalition’s General Assembly on Sunday concluded its 48th meeting evening after discussing a number of important, influential issues concerning the progress of the work of the Syrian Interim Government (SIG) and the political process, especially the work of the Constitutional Committee at the UN Office in Geneva.
The meeting brought together President Anas Al-Abda, Head of the Syrian Interim Government, Abdurrahman Mustafa, Co-chair of the Syrian Negotiations Commission Nasr Al-Hariri, and Co-chair of the Constitutional Committee, Hadi Al-Bahra.
President Al-Abda gave an overview on the work of the Presidential Body in the past two months, most notably the visit to the Kingdom of Morocco and the international visits, which included several European countries to mobilize support for the cause of the Syrian people, especially the creation of a safe environment for civilians in the liberated areas. The tour also aimed to mobilize support for the Syrian Negotiations Commission in its participation in the work of the Constitutional Committee.
The General Assembly reviewed the reports that were submitted by SIG and its Head, Abdurrahman Mustafa highlighting the difficulties they are facing. SIG’s ministers talked about the work that has been done in the areas of services, health, education, local councils, financial situation, the proposed projects, and the formation of a judiciary council.
The General Assembly focused its attention on the detailed overview that was made by SIG’s Minister of Defense, Major General Salim Idris, on the steps made to establish the Syrian National Army. Idris also talked about the SNA’s vital role in Operation Peace Spring and its swift liberation of large swathes of Syrian territory with the support of the Turkish Armed Forces.
With regards to the political process, the General Assembly listened to a detailed overview from Head of the Syrian Negotiations Commission, Nasr Al-Hariri, and Co-chair of the Constitutional Committee, Hadi Al-Bahra, on the atmosphere and efforts made to convene the first session of the Constitutional Committee and the mechanisms of work agreed upon with the United Nations.
The General Assembly emphasized the need to draft a new constitution for the country that preserve rights and ensure the separation of powers. It also stressed the need to discuss the rest of the baskets, especially the baskets of governance and elections in parallel with the work of the Constitutional Committee in accordance with the relevant international resolutions on Syria, especially the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN resolution 2254.
The Coalition saluted the Iraqi and Lebanese people in their uprising against corruption and sectarianism as it salutes all Arab peoples demanding freedom and justice. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian Interim Government’s Minister of Defense, Major-General Salim Idris, briefed the Syrian National Coalition on the latest efforts to develop the Syrian National Army (SNA) and the results of Operation Peace Spring.
Idris pointed out that the military operation achieved important achievements for the Syrian revolution, namely the elimination of terrorist organizations and the liberation of large swathes of territory in Raqqa and Hasaka provinces, which helped the return of the displaced and refugees to their areas of origin.
Idris also gave an overview on the stages of the military operation since its inception and the mechanism of cooperation with the Turkish army. He stressed that the SNA’s General Staff gave clear instructions on the protection of civilians and their property as well as on focusing on the military targets of terrorist elements only.
Moreover, Idris stressed that the SNA forces entered dozens of towns and villages without causing any damage to public or private property and dealt with civilians with utmost fairness.
Idris pointed to significant progress in the efforts to organize the SNA’s military and administrative formations, stressing the determination to continue to develop skills and attract all military factions that defend the Syrian revolution and its principles.
He also said that the Department of Morale and Ethics in the Syrian National Army, the armed forces and security forces issued a Code of Ethics clarifying the goals of the SNA and the rules governing its conduct conforming with international humanitarian law. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)