President of the Syrian National Coalition, Anas al-Abda, met with experts on Syria from friendly countries in the Turkish capital, Ankara as part of the efforts to put an end to the Assad regime and allies’ bombing campaign on Idlib and to provide protection for civilians in the province. Coordinator of the Coalition’s Office of Foreign Relations, Abdul Ahad Isteifo, took part in the meeting.
The meeting brought together experts from the United States, Great Britain, the European Union, New Zealand, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Spain, Greece, Canada, Norway, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, and the Czech Republic.
The Coalition has launched a campaign to reach out to the various actors in Syria with the aim of mobilizing international support for a ceasefire and revitalization of the political process.
President Al-Abda stressed the need for the international community to shoulder its responsibility as he stressed the need to put an end to the Assad regime and its backers’ onslaught on Idlib province and impose a ceasefire that guarantees the safety of civilians.
Moreover, President Al-Abda called for supporting the political process to achieve a just political solution in accordance with the international resolutions, most notably the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN resolution 2254. He also stressed the need to discuss the rest of the baskets, especially the baskets of governance and elections in parallel with the work of the Constitutional Committee which convened in Geneva several days ago under the auspices of the United Nations.
The international community is facing an important and historic moment to take a serious, firm position on the side of the Syrian people who have long been subjected to an endless litany of crimes at the hands of the Assad regime and its allies, he added. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The drafting body of the Constitutional Committee on Friday concluded its first meeting at the United Nations Office in Geneva. The UN envoy to Syria, Geir Pedersen, said that the date of the next session will be on November 25.
In a press conference at the end of the first meeting of the drafting body, Pedersen stressed the importance of discussing the rest of the baskets, especially the baskets of governance and elections. He stressed that the discussion of the Constitution alone is not enough to bring about a political solution in Syria.
Head of the Syrian Negotiations Commission, Nasr Al-Hariri, reaffirmed the commitment of the Commission’s representatives in the Constitutional Committee to the unity, independence of the Syrian people and Syria’s territorial integrity and sovereignty as well as the pursuit of the desired political transition meeting the aspirations of the Syrian people and the relevant international resolutions, especially the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN resolution 2254.
For his part, Co-chair of the Constitutional Committee, Hadi Al-Bahra, pointed out that the first round of talks ended with a discussion of the ideas and suggestions put forward by members of the expanded committee at the start of the meeting.
Al-Bahra also stressed that the members of the Constitutional Committee are on an important national mission, stressing that the new constitution should include all Syrians and contain all ideas and visions as well as put and end to an era that saw tremendous sacrifices and ensure the return of refugees to a homeland for all Syrians.
Moreover, Al-Bahra stressed the need for the constitution to guarantee human dignity, guarantee freedom and equal rights, and highlight the diversity of Syrian society and its diverse culture. “There is an obligation on us to be loyal to our country and our people as well as draw up together a draft constitution in which the Syrian people are the decision makers.” (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
President of the Syrian National Coalition, Anas al-Abda, met with the ambassadors of the European Union countries in the Turkish capital, Ankara and discussed with them the latest on the ground and political developments in Syria, especially the situation in Idlib and east of the Euphrates.
President Al-Abda stressed the importance of international, urgent action to stop the Assad regime and its backers’ onslaught on civilians in Idlib province. He pointed out that the regime’s resumption of bombings and shelling is aimed at undermining all chances of reaching a political solution.
President Al-Abda called on the European Union to ratchet up pressure on all actors, specifically Russia, to support the work of the Constitutional Committee in the framework of a broader political process and prevent the regime from blocking this bath.
President Al-Abda said that the Coalition's priority is to support the work of the Syrian Interim Government in the liberated areas with the aim of establishing civil administration; improving services for the civilian population, and establishing good governance in those areas.
The meeting also touched on the work of the Syrian-Turkish Joint Committee formed to follow up on the situation of Syrian refugees in Turkey. President Al-Abda gave an overview on the work of the Committee in terms of providing facilitations and settling the status of many Syrian nationals in Turkey. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian National Coalition said that the escalating terrorist attacks by the Assad regime and its allies in the provinces of Idlib, Aleppo and Lattakia have entered a new phase of criminality and destruction, which requires an urgent, effective international intervention.
In a press release issued on Thursday, the Coalition called for an emergency meeting by the UN Security Council to address the latest developments and take the necessary steps to stop this criminal attack and the systematic shelling targeting residential neighborhoods in those areas and to ensure protection for civilians.
“The international community, through its official institutions, has a duty to shoulder its responsibilities with regards to the ongoing escalation; put an end to the ongoing war crimes; and hold the perpetrators accountable,” the Coalition said.
“The Coalition reaffirms that attacks by the Assad regime and its allies on civilian areas in and around Idlib constitute systematic war crimes aimed primarily at killing and displacing civilians.”
The Coalition said that it was communicating with the envoys and representatives of international parties. We have already made clear the need for effective, urgent pressure and for taking concrete action to stop this barbaric onslaught.
Over the past few days, violent bombardment and shelling targeted many towns and villages in the region, mainly targeting residential neighborhoods, civil defense centers, schools, and hospitals. The attacks killed and injured dozens of civilians as well as caused massive destruction. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)