Co-chair of the Syrian Constitutional Committee, Hadi Al-Bahra, and members of the Syrian Negotiations Commission met with a group of activists and researchers in the Turkish city of Gaziantep and discussed with them the results of the first meeting of the Constitutional Committee which was held in Geneva under the auspices of the United Nations.
Al-Bahra gave an overview on the meeting and the events surrounding the first sessions up to the meetings of the drafting body. He talked about the Assad regime’s lack of seriousness in engaging in the work of the committee vis-à-vis the distinguished relationship with the civil society delegation which is based on serving the Syrian national interest.
Al-Bahra also talked about the file of detainees and the forcibly disappeared people as an essential issue that was raised during the meetings of the Committee. He also said that the Syrian Negotiations Commission sent a letter to the UN envoy during the meetings of the Constitutional Committee calling for the release of detainees as a confidence-building measure.
Furthermore, Al-Bahra stressed the need for discussing the other baskets in parallel with the work of the Constitutional Committee, especially the baskets of governance and elections, adding that the political process cannot be reduced to the basket of the constitution.
Al-Bahra pointed out that the Syrian Negotiations Commission asked the UN envoy to activate the basket of terrorism independently from the work of the constitutional committee.
He stressed the need for constant communication with the various components of the Syrian people to explain all the details, papers and proposals presented within the work of the Constitutional Committee. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian National Coalition extended its sincere condolences to the followers of the Armenian Catholic Church of St. Joseph in Syria and to all the Syrian people for the passing of the Armenian Catholic priest Father Hovsep Bidoyan.
In a press release issued on Tuesday, the Coalition strongly condemned the murder of Father Hovsep Bidoyan, who was gunned down in the town of Al-Riz in the province of Deir Ezzor on Monday while on his way to a church in eastern Syria.
“Regardless of the details and circumstances surrounding this crime, which took place in areas under the control of the SDF militia and militias affiliated with the Assad regime, the crime carried all the hallmarks of the Assad regime whose hands are stained with the blood of the Syrian people, whether it directly targeted the priest or done so through thuggish militias operating under its orders,” the Coalition said.
The Coalition stressed that “this crime will fail to achieve any of its malicious goals, just like all attempts to terrorize the Syrian people; provoke strife; intimidate the Syrian people; and force them out of their land.”
“This heinous crime will only strengthen the determination of the Syrian people to defeat terrorism and tyranny and their supporters. We call on our people to combine efforts in order to alleviate the suffering and bring the tragedy to an end.” (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Secretary-General of the Syrian National Coalition, Abdelbaset Abdullatif, on Wednesday met with Director of the Syrian Associations, Mehdi Daoud, and discussed with him how to follow up and improve the situation of Syrian nationals living in Turkey.
Vice-president of the Syrian National Coalition Oqab Yahya and Ramadan Hamdou took part in the meeting.
Abdelbaset stressed the need for coordination between the Associations and the Syrian-Turkish Joint Committee tasked with following up on the situation of Syrian refugees in Turkey with the aim of finding legal solutions to the various Syrian issues.
It was agreed to exchange information and experiences regarding the solution of the problems facing Syrian nationals in Turkey and to continue to communicate to achieve greater opportunities to serve the Syrian people living in Turkey.
Participants in the meeting highly appreciated the cooperativeness and facilitations being provided by the official Turkish institutions to solve the outstanding problems and regularize the residence of Syrian nationals in Turkey. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)