The Syrian Negotiations Commission on Thursday sent two separate letters to the UN envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen denouncing the Assad regime’s barbaric bombardment against civilians in Idlib and demanding the resumption of negotiations to discuss the rest of the baskets in parallel with the work of the Constitutional Committee.
The Commission stressed that the bombing of civilians constituted war crimes under the Rome Statute and international humanitarian law.
The Commission called on the United Nations to convene an urgent Security Council meeting to condemn the Assad regime's and its backers’ escalating attacks against civilians and adopt a binding resolution for a ceasefire.
The Commission pointed out that the outcomes of the Constitutional Committee need a safe, fair and impartial environment for all Syrians, adding that this environment needs the discussion of the formation of a governing body.
Moreover, the Commission pointed to the importance of discussing the basket of elections in line with Article 4 of UN Security Council Resolution 2254 which expressed the UN Security Council’s support for a political process that establishes a credible, inclusive and non-sectarian system of rule as for free and fair elections. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian National Coalition’s Office of Strategic Consulting held a panel discussion under the title "The Iraqi Uprising: The Background and Expected Effects.”
Key speakers included strategic expert and former member of the Iraqi parliament, Omar Abdul Sattar, members of the Coalition’s political committee and the General Assembly.
Abdul Sattar talked about the latest developments in Iraq and their impact on the countries of the region, including Syria.
Abdul Sattar also talked about Iran's crimes in Iraq and the rest of the countries of the region, stressing that pressure has been piling on Iran thanks to the popular uprisings in a number of Arab countries against Iran's practices and crimes against the people of the region.
Abdul Sattar pointed out that there are several possible scenarios that could unfold in Iraqi, stressing that the Iraqi people aspire to get rid of the Iranian tutelage and establish an independent republic.
Moreover, Abdul Sattar said that Iran would ultimately lose, which would reflect positively on Syria and the struggle of its people for freedom and dignity.
For his part, Ahmed Ramadan, member of the political committee, said that the panel discussion aimed to discuss the escalating developments in the region, including Iraq and Lebanon. He said that the panel discussion also aimed to closely follow the course of events and build a strategic vision that will help bring security and stability to the region; ensure emancipation from Iranian hegemony; and establish a civil, democratic system that is based on justice and equality.
The Office earlier hosted experts and researchers as well as held several workshops on Syria and regional issues. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Members of the civil society list participating in the work of the drafting body of the Constitutional Committee met with the UN envoy to Syria, Geir Pedersen. They stressed the importance of stopping the Assad regime's escalating military campaign on Idlib.
They stressed that the intensifying bombing campaign will negatively affect the work of the Constitutional Commission, calling for action through the United Nations and for the Security Council to pressure all international parties to stop this campaign.
They called for an emergency UN Security Council meeting to condemn the escalating bombing campaign as they demanded protection for civilians and a ceasefire that will reflect positively on the constitutional and political processes.
They also called on the UN envoy to issue an official statement demanding that the Assad regime stop military operations in Idlib; calling for protecting the lives of civilians, and states that these military operations contravene the confidence-building measures that must be made in parallel with the start of the work of the Constitutional Committee. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)