The 45-member drafting body of the Constitutional Committee held its first meeting at the United Nations Office in Geneva on Monday in the presence of the UN envoy to Syria, Geir Pedersen.
The co-chairs of the Constitutional Committee agreed to dedicate the agenda of this session to the development of a working program for the next sessions. They also agreed to make use of the discussions of the ideas and suggestions that were put forward during the expanded meetings of the Committee in order to determine what ideas and suggestion can be developed into constitutional principles.
Representatives of the Syrian Negotiations Commission in the Constitutional Committee presented a proposal for the mechanism of work during this session in order to reach consensus and commonalities for the agenda of this session and a mechanism for its implementation.
Member of the Constitutional Committee, Ahmed al-Asrawi, said that as per the mandate given to the Committee, the Committee will work to reach an agreement to draft a new constitution for the country.
Al-Asrawi added that the key to the work of the drafting body are the 12 Living Intra-Syrian Essential Principles which the Syrians agreed on with the United Nations and which were issued during the previous rounds of talks in Geneva and adopted by the final communique of the Sochi Conference.
Al-Asrawi added that the task of all members of the Committee should to work as a group for the interest of Syria, no matter how different the views and positions.
He stressed that the representatives of the Syrian Negotiations Commission in the Constitutional Committee are open to all ideas and inputs that all members should work on so as to serve as chapters in the new constitution.
Al-Asrawi pointed out that members of the drafting body had a groundwork for their work, namely the document of the rules of procedure which were approved by the United Nations, adding that the meetings of the Constitutional Committee are being held in accordance with the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN resolution 2254. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian National Coalition’s Secretary General, Abdelbaset Abdullatif, met with people from the provinces of Deir Ezzor and Hasaka in eastern Syria and discussed with them the latest field and political developments in the region and the Coalition’s vision for the management of the region.
The meeting was also attended by the Vice-President of the Syrian Tribal Council, Sheikh Amer Al-Bashir, and Ibrahim Pasha Al-Milli, a dignitary from the Ras Al-Ayn town in rural Raqqa.
Participants in the meeting put forward their visions for the safe zone and Operation Peace Spring as they called for providing security and stability for the people and for the Syrian Interim Government (SIG) to start its work in the liberated areas.
They also pointed to the importance of SIG’s Ministry of Local Administration to form local councils representing the people of the region, forming a police force, and the provision of essential services such as health and education.
Moreover, the participants stressed the need for SIG’s institutions and the leadership of the Syrian National Army to prevent any abuses and violations.
Abdullatif said that the Coalition is working with SIG to control security and provide stability in the areas which have been liberated as part of Operation Peace Spring.
He outlined the Coalition’s vision for the region, which is based on allowing the local population to manage their areas by themselves. He pointed out that SIG has recently helped establish a local council in the town of Tel Abyad and is currently working on forming similar councils in the newly liberated areas. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian National Coalition’s Secretary General, Abdelbaset Abdullatif, met with the Minister of Interior of the Interim Syrian Government Muhyiddin Harmoush and discussed with him the latest developments in Tal Abyad area of rural Raqqa and the ongoing investigation into the terrorist bombing that rocked the town on Saturday.
Abdullatif and Harmoush extended their sincere condolences to the families of the victims of the terrorist bombing as they stressed that the bombing had all the hallmarks of the PYD militia which is ardently seeking to spread chaos and undermine security and stability in the region. They stressed the continued work to make the safe zone project a success and rid civilians of terrorist organizations.
The two sides also stressed the importance of speeding up the formation of a professional police force and an internal security apparatus in the region. They said that such a move will help the Syrian National Army maintain security and fend off terrorist attacks against civilians.
Abdullatif also met with head of the local council in Raqqa, Fayez Al-Kata'a and discussed with him the work of the council and the importance of strengthening communication with the newly formed local council in Tel Abyad.
The two sides also discussed the importance of communicating with the people who were displaced from the eastern region and creating the suitable conditions for their return to their places of origin, especially after the liberation of large areas thanks to Operation Peace Spring. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)