The Syrian National Coalition’s political committee on Thursday held a regular meeting, with the discussion focusing on the grave situation in Idlib province, the work of the Constitutional Committee in Geneva, and attempts by the Assad regime’s delegation to disrupt the work of the Committee.
The committee discussed the Assad regime and allies’ serious military escalation in Idlib province and the tragic situation in the IDP camps, especially with the onset of winter. The situation further deteriorated following the recent attacks on the oil refineries in northern rural Aleppo. The committee called on the international community to assume its responsibilities with regards to the protection of civilians.
The committee talked via a video link with representatives of the Syrian National Coalition in the Constitutional Committee in Geneva. Members of the Constitutional Committee briefed the political committee on the most important events of the second round of the meetings of the Constitutional Committee and on attempts by the regime delegation to disrupt the work of the committee through trying the politicize the agenda outside the mandate of the Committee.
President of the Syrian Coalition Anas Al-Abda stressed that the Assad regime's delegation should not be allowed to achieve any political gains through procrastination and attempts to disrupt the work of the Constitutional Committee in Geneva. He called on the international community to deter such attempts or the regime will continue with its intransigence which risks derailing the course of the Constitutional Committee.
The political committee stressed the need to draft a new constitution for the country and to take serious steps towards reaching a political solution and put an end to the suffering of the Syrian people. He pointed to the importance of full implementation of relevant international resolutions on Syria, especially the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN Resolution 2254. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
As part of the activities of the communications office of the Syrian Negotiations Commission, Co-chairman of the Constitutional Committee, Hadi Al-Bahra, and the accompanying delegation in Geneva on Wednesday briefed the Commission and its representatives in the Constitutional Committee on the outcome of the first three days of the second round of meetings of the Constitutional Committee.
Speaking from Geneva via a video link, Al-Bahra talked in detail about the discussions that were held with the UN envoy to Syria, Geir Pedersen over the past few days to agree on the agenda of the second round of talks. He pointed out that the Commission put forward three proposals, the first of which was made on November 21, a few days before the start of the talks with the aim of saving time and the completion of some papers of the Constitution.
Al-Bahra pointed out that the delegation of the Assad regime did not put forward any proposals for the agenda until the first day of the meetings of the Committee in which they insisted that the discussions must focus on the so-called “national principles.”
Moreover, Al-Bahra stressed that the delegation of the Syrian Negotiations Commission agreed to discuss the paper which was put forward by the regime within the fundamental principles, political principles, and the introduction to the constitution and within the framework of the Committee’s mandate. The Assad regime’s delegation, nonetheless, insisted on discussing the paper outside the constitutional framework.
Al-Bahra said that the Commission’s delegation will return to the UN Office to work with the UN envoy and his team to complete the session. He stressed that the Syrian people everywhere across Syria are waiting for the Constitutional Committee to make progress and bring an end to the ongoing nightmare. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The delegation of the Syrian Negotiations Commission in the Constitutional Committee arrived at the United Nations Office in Geneva on Wednesday to work with the UN envoy Geir Pedersen on finding a formula of understanding on the agenda of the meeting. The Assad regime’s delegation is refusing to engage in the talks of the Constitutional Committee.
In a press conference on Wednesday, Co-chair of the Constitutional Committee Hadi al-Bahra said that the delegation of the Syrian Negotiations Commission had proposed an agenda for the second round of talks on November 21, “but the delegation of the tyrannical regime did not submit any paper as a proposal for the agenda and postponed it to the first day of the meeting.”
Al-Bahra pointed out that the delegation of the Syrian Negotiations Commission presented three alternative proposals. The first was a detailed proposal within the framework of the mandate of the Constitutional Committee. The second proposal included the basic principles, political principles, and the introduction of the Constitution, including the discussion of national fundamental principles but within the framework of the mandate of the Committee. The third proposal was limited to the agenda and focused on studying the principles, including all that can be included in the basic principles of any constitution drafted in any country in the world, including Syria, within the historical Syrian constitutional context.
Moreover, Al-Bahra pointed out that the Assad regime rejected all the three proposals and did not provide alternatives. He noted that the regime proposed a paper under the title ‘the national fundamental principles.’ He stressed that those principles cannot be determined by a regime that displaced half of the Syrian people as well as detained hundreds of thousands of young men, girls and women in Syria. He added that the fundamental national interests were mentioned in the previous Syrian constitutions and were approved by the Syrian people.
He pointed out that the Assad regime is seeking to waste time. “We do not have much time to waste. Our people in Syria are being killed. There is ongoing destruction. There are tragedies affecting our people and we must seek radical solutions to them.”
Al-Bahra also stressed that the delegation of the Syrian Negotiations Commission in the Constitutional Committee is ready to participate immediately in the meetings of the drafting body under a clear agenda and within the work of the Committee. “As you can see, we have stayed here so far while the delegation of the regime walked out and went to the hotel because it is not ready so sit for another hour and listen to our new proposals.” (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)