The Constitutional Committee’s drafting body on Wednesday concluded its second session, completing its discussions of the ideas and visions of the constitution which members of the expanded committee put forward during their meetings last week.
The opposition delegation focused its discussions on the 12 Living Intra-Syrian Essential Principles which were declared in the eighth round of Geneva talks and adopted by the Sochi Conference in its final communiqué and approved by the regime. These principles are one of the mainstays of the work of the Constitutional Committee along with the past experiences in order to draft a new constitution that meets the aspirations of the Syrian people.
The 12 principles were mentioned in a letter sent by the UN Secretary-General to the President of the Security Council on September 26, 2019. The letter also contained a document of the terms of reference and the basic elements of the rules of procedure of the Constitutional Committee, which stated that the mandate of the Committee must embody the letter and spirit of these principles in the Syrian Constitution. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian National Coalition said that the military operations being launched by the Assad regime and its backers against civilians in and around Idlib province are blatant war crimes.`
In a press release issued on Tuesday, the Coalition said that these crimes “came as part of the terrorist campaign the Assad regime and its allies have launched in Syria’s northwest for months.”
“We continue to communicate with the international parties in order to keep them updated on the latest developments on the ground as we stress the need for these parties to assume their responsibilities and put real pressure on the Assad regime and Russia to stop these crimes,” the Coalition said.
The Coalition went on to say that “the Assad regime and its allies' escalating attacks against civilian areas in and around Idlib are blatant war crimes that came as part of a systematic plan to primarily target civilians.”
“The world is obliged to take swift action and stop the disaster that the regime and its allies are inflicting on the Syrian people.”
Towns and villages in Idlib, Aleppo, and Lattakia provinces have been subjected to escalating aerial bombardment and artillery shelling by the Assad regime and the Russian occupation forces. Russian jets on Tuesday bombed the village of Addar al-Kabira, killing three children and seriously wounding their mother. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Member of the Syrian National Coalition’s political committee Munther Sarras and the member of the General Assembly Fatih Hassoun met with the Head of the Syrian Team in the United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Amanda Roberts, at the UN office in the Turkish city of Gaziantep.
The two sides discussed the latest developments in Syria, particularly the work of the Syrian Interim Government (SIG) and the Syrian National Army.
The Coalition members stressed that the recent developments will have a substantial impact on the ground, adding that SIG has already developed a clear vision to strengthen the civil administration and good governance. They also cited the integration of the majority of the formations of the Free Syrian Army forces into the Syrian National Army.
The Coalition members called for supporting the work of the Coalition institutions in the liberated areas in order to improve the living conditions in these areas and to provide better services to the civilian population who have suffered a lot at the hands of terrorist groups.
The meeting also touched on the latest developments in the political process, most notably the launch of the work of the Constitutional Committee. The Coalition members stressed the need for drawing up a new constitution that safeguards freedoms; preserves basic rights; and ensures the separation of powers.
They also stressed the importance of discussing the rest of the baskets comprising the political process and international resolutions, especially the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN resolution 2254, namely the baskets of governance, elections, and combatting terrorism.
For her part, Roberts pointed out that everyone agrees that the Constitutional Committee is the first step and not everything in the political process. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)