A delegation from the Syrian National Coalition met with members of the Syrian community in the Turkish province of Hatay as part of meetings organized by the Office of Strategic Consulting to inform the community on the latest political and on the ground developments and listen to the community's observations and vision of what is happening.
Member of the political committee and Coordinator of the Office of Strategic Consulting, Ahmed Ramadan, said that the Syrian crisis is at an important crossroad. He pointed out that the developments east of the Euphrates dealt a "severe blow" to terrorist organizations, pointing to the possibility of the revolution and opposition forces to benefit from these developments by providing services and security for the people after their areas have been freed.
Ramadan also pointed to the developments related to the ongoing popular uprisings in Lebanon, Iraq, and Iran, pointing out that they are in the interest of the Syrian people. He said that weakening the Iranian regime and liberating the people of the region from its hegemony will help the Syrian people in achieve the goals of their revolution.
Secretary of the political committee and member of the Constitutional Committee, Riad Al-Hassan, talked about the first round of the meetings of the Constitutional Committee in Geneva. He said there were repeated attempts by the regime to derail negotiations, adding that the regime avoided engagement in the discussion of constitutional provisions. He pointed to the efforts of the opposition team to cooperate with the United Nations with the aim of drawing up an agenda and directly engaging in the negotiations in the second round due to begin on November 25.
Al-Hassan answered questions about the position of the constitutional process in the political process. He said that the Syrian Negotiations Commission urged the UN envoy to activate the rest of the tracks of negotiations, stressing that the drafting of a new constitution should be in parallel with the creation of a safe, neutral environment, which means that political transition is at the heart of the political process.
Member of the political committee and the Constitutional Committee, Yasser Farhan, talked about the legal aspect in the drafting of the constitution, noting that the opposition delegation has developed several scenarios to deal with the negotiating process in accordance with the goals of the revolution and the demands of the Syrian people.
He said that the regime delegation tried more than once to derail the negotiations by focusing on issues not related to the Constitution and evaded regular meetings. He also said that the success of the work of the Constitutional Committee depends on developing a clear strategy, listening to the demands of the people, and achieving the goals of the revolution.
Member of the political committee and Coordinator of the Communities Office, Mohammed Yahya Maktabi, talked about the role of the Syrians in the Diaspora in supporting the revolution. He stressed the importance of organizing the work of the community and increasing its effectiveness and taking advantage of the potential of the members of the Syrian community in Hatay, which number more than 450,000 people who include people with extensive civil and military expertise.
He stressed that the Coalition is keen on helping strengthen the role of the community and communicate with them, organize joint activities, and benefit from the expertise available inside the community.
Participants in the meeting included defecting army officers, fighters from the coastal front, representatives of the Free Syrian Northern Community, Hama Social Club, and other bodies. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
A delegation from the Syrian National Coalition visited the Representative of the Turkish Foreign Ministry in Hatay, Ambassador Serdar Cengiz and discussed with him the living conditions of Syrian nationals in the province and ways to improve the services being provided for them.
The Coalition’s delegation was headed by the Coordinator of the Communities Office, Mohammed Yahya Maktabi and included member of the Coalition, Fatih Hassoun, and representative of the Coalition in Hatay, Adnan al-Shighri.
The Coalition delegation talked about the problems facing the Syrian community in Hatay and their basic needs as well as the difficulties that hinder the work of service institutions. The delegation put forward proposals and suggestions to resolve these problems.
The delegation also talked about the suffering of displaced persons in the liberated areas and the IDP camps along the border with Turkey, especially with the onset of winter. They said that this requires urgent action by all countries, organizations and institutions to meet the basic needs and help the IDP prepare for the cold winter.
The delegation thanked the Ambassador and the Turkish people for their continued support for the Syrian people and their just cause and quest for freedom and dignity. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Head of the Syrian Interim Government (SIG) Abdurrahman Mustafa and a number of SIG ministers toured the town of Al-Bab in northern rural Aleppo. They visited the institutions in the town and met with the local people and listened to their needs in the wake of the terrorist bombing that targeted the main market on Saturday.
SIG’s delegation began the tour by visiting the main hospital in the town and the wounded who were injured in the terrorist bombing. Mustafa ascertained their conditions as he wished them speedy recovery. He also visited families of the victims and extended his condolences.
Mustafa also met with the head of the local council in the town to discuss the security situation and the best ways to restore stability to the town and the rest of the liberated areas.
Mustafa stressed the need to control security and the need for elements of the police force and public security to fully assume their duties and prevent further attacks. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian Coalition’s political committee on Thursday held its regular meeting and discussed the situation on the ground and the deadly attack the Iranian militias committed against innocent civilians in Qah IDP camp in rural Idlib late on Wednesday.
Members of the committee strongly condemned the “heinous crime” of targeting a camp for displaced persons with cluster bombs. They called on the United Nations to launch an investigation into the attack, identify the perpetrators, and hold them accountable before the International Criminal Court.
Members of the committee also discussed the latest developments in Iran, Iraq and Lebanon, noting that the people of the region could no longer tolerate the malicious acts by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and other sectarian terrorist militias taking their orders from the Iranian regime.
Members of the Coalition in the Syrian Negotiations Commission gave a detailed overview of the meeting the Commission held in the past two days. They also talked about the progress in the work of the Constitutional Committee and the final preparations for the next meeting due to begin at the UN Office in Geneva on Monday.
Coordinators of the Coalition’s internal offices submitted reports on their work to follow up on the situation of Syrian civilians in the liberated areas. The discussions also touched on the legal status of Syrian nationals in Turkey. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Coordinator of the Syrian National Coalition’s office in northern rural Aleppo, Ahmad Shehadi, on Tuesday toured Al-Kaiba IDP camp in rural Aleppo where he met with the residents of the camp and listened to their most pressing needs.
The camp is home to some 200 households, or approximately 1,100 people, the majority of whom are women, children and elderly people who were forcibly displaced from their homes in eastern rural Aleppo, Homs province, and eastern Ghouta by the Assad regime forces.
Shehadi toured the services facilities in the camp and learned about the most urgent needs of the residents inside, especially in the areas of healthcare and education as well as preparations for protection from rain and snow with the onset of winter.
Shehadi also met with the director of the camp, Abdul Qader Ismail, and discussed with him the latest efforts to maintain the camp and replace the tents with housing units. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Coordinator of the Syrian National Coalition’s Office of the Syrian Communities Abroad, Mohammad Yahya Maktabi, met with representatives of the Network for the Protection of Women in the Turkish city of Hatay and discussed with them the need to empower Syrian women and enabling them to engage in all aspects of life and assume their role in the political work.
Both sides stressed the important role of women in the Syrian revolution and in their work along with the various Syrian communities to mobilize international support for the cause of the Syrian people and their struggle against tyranny.
Maktabi gave a detailed explanation of the latest developments in the political process and the progress in the work of the Constitutional Committee.
The discussions also touched on the work of the Syrian communities in the various Turkish cities and the rest of the world. Maktabi commended the contribution of Syrian women to the various activities shedding light on the Syrian people, their history and culture, and their just cause to regain their rights and dignity and to topple the Assad regime.
The Network for the Protection of Women is one of the largest conglomerations in the Syrian Revolution as it comprises more than 1,000 women and about 56 women's organizations. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
As part of the plan of the Secretariat of the Syrian National Coalition to reach out to Syrian associations and institutions in Turkey, the Coalition’s Secretary-General Abdelbaset Abdullatif visited the Syrian House organization in Istanbul in order to communicate and follow up on the conditions of Syrian nationals in Turkey.
Abdullatif stressed the need to coordinate and activate joint mechanisms of action to address the situation of Syrian nationals in Turkey as he listened to the major problems and obstacles facing them.
Abdullatif stressed the need to address the legal status of the Syrian nationals in Istanbul to ensure that their presence do not violate the country’s regulations and rules in accordance with recommendations put forward by the Joint Syrian-Turkish Committee.
Moreover, Abdullatif and the management of the Syrian House discussed the latest on the ground and political developments of the Syrian revolution. He also talked about the latest developments in the work of the Constitutional Committee in its first meeting in Geneva and preparations for the next meeting due to take place on November 25. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Head of the Syrian Interim Government (SIG), Abdurrahman Mustafa, participated in a seminar organized by Istanbul Aydın University under the title ‘Civil War and Constitutional Studies in Syria’ as part of the 52nd meeting of the Aydın Düşünce Platformu.
Mustafa talked about the latest on the ground and political developments in Syria as he stressed that SIG is working to ensure security, restore stability to the liberated areas, and restore life to normalcy.
Mustafa said that SIG has taken several measures recently, such as the empowerment of the local councils and improving basic services and infrastructure. He also said that such measures will allow the safe return of refugees to their country. “Restoration of stability and reaching a political solution in accordance with the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN Security Council resolution 2254 will allow the Syrian refugees to safely return to their homeland.”
Moreover, Mustafa stressed that Operation Peace Spring achieved important, multiple goals at the lowest cost, adding that the PYD militia was occupying those areas. He said that the project of this militia was thwarted and the integrity and unity of Syrian territory was preserved thanks to Operation Peace Spring.
Mustafa reaffirmed commitment to a political solution in Syria as he stressed the importance of the full implementation of the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN Security Council Resolution 2254 in the order they were spelled out. He made it clear that the Syrian National Coalition and its executive institutions are avidly seeking freedom and democracy and to achieve peace in Syria and get rid of tyranny and extremism.
Mustafa stressed that what is happening in Syria is a popular revolt against a dictatorial regime that committed the most heinous crimes against civilians and allowed terrorist organizations to grow and fester with the aim of putting the world in front of a tough choice: either the regime or those organizations. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The local council in the town of Tel Abyad in rural Al-Raqqa said it had begun the maintenance of the border crossing with Turkey, adding that the crossing will be used to transport relief and medical supplies to the town as a first step.
The council said that its machinery has begun the removal of debris from the facility since Monday, adding that work is underway to remove the landmines that were left by the PYD militia before it withdrew from the town.
Head of the Council, Wael Hamdo, said that the border crossing will be re-opened soon, pointing out that the refugees and IDP will be able to return to their homes once the appropriate conditions for their return are created. He said that the council is working tirelessly to meet the needs of the local population and provide them with basic services.
Al-Hamdo stressed that those who want to return to the town will be able to do so in the coming few days, after which the crossing will function as a commercial one. He stressed the need for urgent for relief aid for the civilian population.
The local council and the Turkish Red Crescent earlier distributed thousands of food and relief baskets to civilians in and around Tel Abyad. The council is also working to repair water and electricity networks and to meet the basic needs of civilians through communications with Turkish and international organizations. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian National Coalition’s Secretary-General, Abdelbaset Abdullatif, on Monday met with former Head of Raqqa Provincial Council, Saad Shaweesh, and discussed with him the security and economic conditions in the safe zone east of the Euphrates.
The two sides discussed ways to expedite the launch of service institutions in the towns of Tel Abyad in rural Raqqa and Ras Al-Ayn in rural Al-Hasakah, especially in the areas of health and education. They also discussed the activation of local councils formed by people by the local population.
They also discussed the living conditions in the region and ways to boost economic growth and sustainable development, stressing the importance of the work of the Syrian Interim Government in the restoration of infrastructure and providing a suitable environment for increased economic activity.
The two sides pointed to the need for SIG to open various services centers in the areas recently liberated as part of Operation Peace Spring, which will allow the civilian population to directly contact with SIG so as to identify the needs of the people of the region.
Abdullatif earlier met with the people and dignitaries of the eastern region in order to listen to the needs of the local population and outline the Coalition’s vision which is based on enabling the local population to manage the region as well as improving security and stability. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)