Coordinator of the Syrian National Coalition’s Department of Foreign Relations, Abdel Ahad Seifo said that the Assad regime’s delegation to Geneva is trying to politicize the work of the Constitutional Committee and take it out of its mandate with the aim of procrastinating and wasting time.
The Assad regime's strategy of stalling and refusing to engage seriously in the constitutional process demonstrated its fear of the work of the Constitutional Committee. “The Assad regime literally panics whenever it hears the words ‘constitution’ and ‘elections’,” Steifo said.
The Assad regime’s insistence on pursuing a military solution, the use of violence, and the commission of war crimes is part of his strategy to undermine the work of the Constitutional Committee and the efforts to launch the political process, Steifo added.
He stressed that the regime feeds on criminality and chaos, it therefore seeks to impede the work of the Constitutional Committee and undermine all efforts to put the interests of the Syrian people above everything else. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Secretary-General of the Syrian National Coalition, Abdelbaset Abdullatif, condemned the escalating bombardment and shelling by the Assad regime and its Russian ally on the towns of Maaret al-Nouman, Jisr al-Shughour, and Kefranbel in rural Idlib.
Abdullatif said that Kefranbel is being subjected to genocidal campaign amid utter silence by the international community, stressing that the regime's onslaught on the strategic areas of Maaret al-Numan and Jisr al-Shughour is aimed at emptying them of their populations.
He stressed that the failure of the international community to rein in the regime and its Russian ally risks encouraging them to escalate their onslaught and exacerbating the humanitarian situation of thousands of families displaced from their homes in rural Idlib.
Abdullatif stressed that the implementation of the provisions of the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN Resolution 2254 regarding the establishment of a nationwide ceasefire would stop the mass forced displacement of civilians and reduce the targeting of vital areas.
Local activists said that the intensifying artillery shelling and airstrikes on and around the towns of Maarat al-Numan and Jisr al-Shughour have forced nearly 50,000 people out of their homes since November 1.
Meanwhile, the Emergency Response Coordinators Team in Northern Syria said that the IDP fled to makeshift camps near the Syrian-Turkish border and to relatively safer villages.
The Team pointed out that the intensifying bombing campaign have so far killed 100 civilians, including 37 children, since November 1. It noted that the victims included 90 who were killed in Idlib province, seven in Aleppo, and one person in northern rural Hama. At least 250 people were also injured in the three provinces. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
A delegation of the Syrian National Coalition, headed by President Anas Al-Abda participated in the fifth annual conference of the Syrian Turkoman Council which was held in the town of Al-Raie in rural Aleppo.
Participants in the conference included Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Yavuz Selim Kıran, Head of the Syrian Negotiations Commission, Nasr Al-Hariri, Head of the Syrian Interim Government, Abdurrahman Mustafa, and senior commanders of the Syrian National Army.
President Al-Abda stressed the importance of the conference, commending the role of Syria’s Turkoman along with other components in supporting the Syrian revolution from the outset and in supporting its rightful demands in the face of the despotic regime.
President Al-Abda stressed the need to build a system of rule that is based on equal citizenship and one that allows all Syria’s social components to express themselves in a pluralistic, free, and civilized environment.
For his part, SIG’s Head Abdurrahman Mustafa pointed out that like the rest of the Syrian people, the Turkomans of Syria have been subjected to decades-long deprivation of liberties, injustice, and oppression by the murderous regime. He added that Syria’s Turkomans have joined the Syrian revolution from the outset and formed a revolutionary umbrella body to represent them politically and convey their voices to local, regional, and international forums as well as to demand their civil and constitutional rights. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian National Coalition strongly condemned the intensifying Russian onslaught against civilians in the liberated areas. It stressed that the targeting of medical facilities, schools, and populated areas is aimed at sowing despair and panic amongst the civilian population and force them to flee.
The Coalition pointed out that the deterioration of the humanitarian situation as a result of the latest military escalation risks stripping the political process of any credibility and undermining the constitutional process of which the second round of talks began on Monday.
The Coalition called on the international community to assume its responsibilities and take the necessary measures to stop the targeting of vital civilian centers and ensure protection for civilians. It stressed the need to implement the provisions of the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN resolution 2254 regarding the establishment of a nationwide ceasefire.
The Coalition saluted the people of Idlib who are showing great patience and heroic resistance to the crimes being committed by the Assad regime and its backers. It emphasized that “the struggle of the Syrian people for freedom and dignity is unparalleled in modern history, which increases our determination to commit to the realization of their aspirations and hopes.”
Russian jets on Sunday launched precision attacks on healthcare facilities in rural Idlib. An airstrike directly hit the main hospital in the town of Kiwan south of the city of Idlib, putting it out of service and causing huge fires in the place.
The latest attacks came as part of a systematic bombing campaign the Russian and Assad regime forces launched against healthcare facilities in northwestern Syria. Russian jets on November 5 bombed the Ikhlas Hospital in the town of Shanan, putting it out of service and wounding three of its staff.
Western newspapers have recently revealed that the Russian Air Force has been involved in the deliberate bombing of hospitals in northwestern Syria in support of the Assad regime. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Dozens of civilians were killed and injured in yet new terrorist attack that rocked the town of Tel Abyad in rural Raqqa on Saturday, with activists pointing the finger at the PYD terrorist militia as standing behind this "heinous crime."
Local activists reported that a car bomb exploded in Al-Sinaa’a district in central Tel Abyad, causing dozens of casualties among civilians.
The bombing is one of a string of terrorist bombings that hit the region following the retreat of the PYD terrorist militia who are known to resort to this criminal tactic to destabilize the liberated areas.
Secretary-General of the Syrian National Coalition, Abdul Basit Abdul Latif, strongly condemned the crime, noting that it was aimed at the destabilization of the security and stability in the region. He pointed out that these attacks resemble the terrorist attacks that ISIS carried out against safe civilians.
Abdul Latif called on the international community and major actors to stand against these terrorist attacks which mainly target civilians, to explicitly condemn them, and to hold accountable the party that has become known to everyone and is carrying out terrorist attacks against civilians in the liberated areas. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Members of the Syrian National Coalition’s political committee on Saturday convened in the presence of Head of the Syrian Negotiations Commission, Nasr al-Hariri, as part of preparations for the second meeting of the Constitutional Committee due to begin on Monday.
Participants in the meeting reviewed the constitutional papers that were discussed during the latest meeting of the Syrian Negotiations Commission in Riyadh. Members of the Commission emphasized the basic constitutional provisions such as public and private rights of individuals, freedoms, and the separation of powers.
The participants also stressed the need for the Constitutional Committee to start discussing the main provisions of the new constitution, calling on the international community to continue to support the Constitutional Committee and to ratchet up pressure the Assad regime's delegation to engage seriously in the work of the Committee.
They also discussed the briefing that the UN envoy, Geir Pedersen, submitted to the UN Security Council on Friday. The UN envoy pointed to regime’s responsibility for the deadly shelling of the Qah IDP camp in rural Idlib as he stressed the need to create a safe, neutral environment and hold of free, fair elections.
Moreover, they stressed the need for the international community to fully support a ceasefire and ensure an end to the bombing of civilians in Idlib as threatening the entire political process and risk impeding the progress of the work of the Constitutional Committee. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
As part of plans by the Syrian National Coalition’s Department of Foreign Relations to supply the Syrian opposition with highly specialized staff in the field of diplomatic work, the Department run a second training course in the field of diplomatic work for a group of Syrian university graduates. The course was run in cooperation with the diplomatic academy of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the framework of the program of cooperation and coordination between the two sides.
Held in the capital Ankara, the course lasted for seven days. The training was supervised by a group of ambassadors, experts, academics, and professors.
Diplomatic training was not limited to the theoretical side such as the giving of lectures and panel sessions as the trainees were offered practical training as well. For a week, the trainees closely watched the behavior of the staff of Turkish Foreign Ministry and were acquainted with the method of dealing and work methodology in the Ministry.
The trainees indicated that they have gained theoretical and practical experience through the course, adding that interacting with and watching the daily workings inside the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were among the most influential points in the training.
At the end of the course, President of the Syrian Coalition, Anas Al-Abda, presented certificates to the trainees as he thanked the Turkish Foreign Ministry and the academics. He stressed the need for constant cooperation in this important field.
The Department of Foreign Relations will run a new course in cooperation with the Turkish Foreign Ministry, while it was agreed to offer a third training course for a new group of Syrian women and men in the field of diplomatic work next year. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian National Coalition condemned the crimes and massacres the Russian Air Force, regime forces, and Iranian militias committed against residents of Qah IDP camp in northern rural Idlib and the town of Maaret al-Numan in southern rural Idlib on Wednesday.
In a press release issued on Thursday, the Coalition said that these reprehensible crimes and grave escalation were encouraged by the lukewarm international response as well as the utter inaction towards the killing of civilians by the Assad regime, Russia, and Iran.
“These deadly attacks came as part of the brutal onslaught being launched by the Assad regime and its allies on the region in blatant violation of international agreements and resolutions as well as of international law and the Geneva Conventions on the protection of civilians.”
The Coalition reiterated its calls for the establishment of an effective international mechanism “to rein in the regime and its allied militias, ensure an end to bombardment and massacres, and create the suitable conditions for the success of a political solution in accordance with UN resolution 2254 ensuring the restoration of the rights of the Syrian people.”
The Assad regime forces and Iranian militias shelled an IDP camp near the village of Qah with a missile loaded with cluster munitions. The attack killed 12 people, mostly women and children, and injured dozens more as well as caused massive destruction to the camp. It also forced dozens of households to flee the camp. The Russian airstrikes on the town of Maret Al-Nouman killed six civilians, among them children and women. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
As the Syrian pound continued its downward spiral, the exchange rate of one dollar reached 750 Syrian Pounds in local markets on Friday, the sharpest decline during the past eight years of the war declared by the Assad regime on the Syrian people.
Bader Jamous, member of the Syrian National Coalition’s political committee, said that the Syrian citizen who was not killed by the bombs and shells of the Assad regime and its allies would be hard hit by the dire economic situation in the regime-controlled areas.
Jamous said that the Assad regime depleted the country's economic resources in its war on the Syrian people. He pointed out that the regime’s policies lead to soaring inflation, with the ordinary citizens paying the heaviest price as they can hardly afford the basic necessities of life. Meanwhile, officials of the regime and its cronies are living in ultimate luxury, unaffected by the worsening economic crisis, he added. He reiterated that there is only political solution in Syria, one that brings about complete political transition to a system of rule that is based on democracy, justice, and equality in line with UN resolution 2254.
The collapse of the Syrian pound came a few days after the Economist newspaper ranked the Syrian capital Damascus as the worst city to live in the world in 2019. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Coordinator of the Syrian National Coalition's Office of Refugees Affairs and member of the Joint Syrian-Turkish Committee, Amal Sheikhou, had a telephone conversation with Deputy Director of the Turkish Directorate General of Migration Management, Gökçe Ok, and discussed with him the situation of Syrian nationals in Turkey and the recent reports about the Directorate’s intention to stop the renewal of tourist residence for Syrian nationals.
Gökçe Ok categorically denied these reports as baseless, stressing that the Directorate continues to follow the renewal procedures as usual.
He explained that the rumored decision which spread on social media on Thursday is a very old decision and was made even before the establishment of the Directorate General. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)