Head of the Syrian Interim Government (SIG), Abdurrahman Mustafa, participated in a seminar organized by Istanbul Aydın University under the title ‘Civil War and Constitutional Studies in Syria’ as part of the 52nd meeting of the Aydın Düşünce Platformu.
Mustafa talked about the latest on the ground and political developments in Syria as he stressed that SIG is working to ensure security, restore stability to the liberated areas, and restore life to normalcy.
Mustafa said that SIG has taken several measures recently, such as the empowerment of the local councils and improving basic services and infrastructure. He also said that such measures will allow the safe return of refugees to their country. “Restoration of stability and reaching a political solution in accordance with the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN Security Council resolution 2254 will allow the Syrian refugees to safely return to their homeland.”
Moreover, Mustafa stressed that Operation Peace Spring achieved important, multiple goals at the lowest cost, adding that the PYD militia was occupying those areas. He said that the project of this militia was thwarted and the integrity and unity of Syrian territory was preserved thanks to Operation Peace Spring.
Mustafa reaffirmed commitment to a political solution in Syria as he stressed the importance of the full implementation of the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN Security Council Resolution 2254 in the order they were spelled out. He made it clear that the Syrian National Coalition and its executive institutions are avidly seeking freedom and democracy and to achieve peace in Syria and get rid of tyranny and extremism.
Mustafa stressed that what is happening in Syria is a popular revolt against a dictatorial regime that committed the most heinous crimes against civilians and allowed terrorist organizations to grow and fester with the aim of putting the world in front of a tough choice: either the regime or those organizations. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The local council in the town of Tel Abyad in rural Al-Raqqa said it had begun the maintenance of the border crossing with Turkey, adding that the crossing will be used to transport relief and medical supplies to the town as a first step.
The council said that its machinery has begun the removal of debris from the facility since Monday, adding that work is underway to remove the landmines that were left by the PYD militia before it withdrew from the town.
Head of the Council, Wael Hamdo, said that the border crossing will be re-opened soon, pointing out that the refugees and IDP will be able to return to their homes once the appropriate conditions for their return are created. He said that the council is working tirelessly to meet the needs of the local population and provide them with basic services.
Al-Hamdo stressed that those who want to return to the town will be able to do so in the coming few days, after which the crossing will function as a commercial one. He stressed the need for urgent for relief aid for the civilian population.
The local council and the Turkish Red Crescent earlier distributed thousands of food and relief baskets to civilians in and around Tel Abyad. The council is also working to repair water and electricity networks and to meet the basic needs of civilians through communications with Turkish and international organizations. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)