Coordinator of the Syrian National Coalition’s Department of Foreign Relations, Abdel Ahad Seifo said that the Assad regime’s delegation to Geneva is trying to politicize the work of the Constitutional Committee and take it out of its mandate with the aim of procrastinating and wasting time.
The Assad regime's strategy of stalling and refusing to engage seriously in the constitutional process demonstrated its fear of the work of the Constitutional Committee. “The Assad regime literally panics whenever it hears the words ‘constitution’ and ‘elections’,” Steifo said.
The Assad regime’s insistence on pursuing a military solution, the use of violence, and the commission of war crimes is part of his strategy to undermine the work of the Constitutional Committee and the efforts to launch the political process, Steifo added.
He stressed that the regime feeds on criminality and chaos, it therefore seeks to impede the work of the Constitutional Committee and undermine all efforts to put the interests of the Syrian people above everything else. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Secretary-General of the Syrian National Coalition, Abdelbaset Abdullatif, condemned the escalating bombardment and shelling by the Assad regime and its Russian ally on the towns of Maaret al-Nouman, Jisr al-Shughour, and Kefranbel in rural Idlib.
Abdullatif said that Kefranbel is being subjected to genocidal campaign amid utter silence by the international community, stressing that the regime's onslaught on the strategic areas of Maaret al-Numan and Jisr al-Shughour is aimed at emptying them of their populations.
He stressed that the failure of the international community to rein in the regime and its Russian ally risks encouraging them to escalate their onslaught and exacerbating the humanitarian situation of thousands of families displaced from their homes in rural Idlib.
Abdullatif stressed that the implementation of the provisions of the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN Resolution 2254 regarding the establishment of a nationwide ceasefire would stop the mass forced displacement of civilians and reduce the targeting of vital areas.
Local activists said that the intensifying artillery shelling and airstrikes on and around the towns of Maarat al-Numan and Jisr al-Shughour have forced nearly 50,000 people out of their homes since November 1.
Meanwhile, the Emergency Response Coordinators Team in Northern Syria said that the IDP fled to makeshift camps near the Syrian-Turkish border and to relatively safer villages.
The Team pointed out that the intensifying bombing campaign have so far killed 100 civilians, including 37 children, since November 1. It noted that the victims included 90 who were killed in Idlib province, seven in Aleppo, and one person in northern rural Hama. At least 250 people were also injured in the three provinces. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
A delegation of the Syrian National Coalition, headed by President Anas Al-Abda participated in the fifth annual conference of the Syrian Turkoman Council which was held in the town of Al-Raie in rural Aleppo.
Participants in the conference included Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Yavuz Selim Kıran, Head of the Syrian Negotiations Commission, Nasr Al-Hariri, Head of the Syrian Interim Government, Abdurrahman Mustafa, and senior commanders of the Syrian National Army.
President Al-Abda stressed the importance of the conference, commending the role of Syria’s Turkoman along with other components in supporting the Syrian revolution from the outset and in supporting its rightful demands in the face of the despotic regime.
President Al-Abda stressed the need to build a system of rule that is based on equal citizenship and one that allows all Syria’s social components to express themselves in a pluralistic, free, and civilized environment.
For his part, SIG’s Head Abdurrahman Mustafa pointed out that like the rest of the Syrian people, the Turkomans of Syria have been subjected to decades-long deprivation of liberties, injustice, and oppression by the murderous regime. He added that Syria’s Turkomans have joined the Syrian revolution from the outset and formed a revolutionary umbrella body to represent them politically and convey their voices to local, regional, and international forums as well as to demand their civil and constitutional rights. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)