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)
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)
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)
Head of the Syrian Interim Government (SIG), Abdurrahman Mustafa, called on the United Nations to protect four million civilians in Idlib province from the constant, barbaric bombardment and shelling by the Russian Air Force and the Assad regime forces. Mustafa made the calls at an interview with Amanda Roberts, the United Nations Political Affairs Officer in charge of Syria and an accompanying delegation at SIG’s headquarters in the Turkish city of Gaziantep on Tuesday.
Mustafa stressed the need to take urgent action to stop the bombing and protect civilians, pointing out that the vast majority of the population of Idlib are civilians who have been displaced by the Assad regime, many more than once.
SIG’s Minister of Local Administration Mohammed Suleiman and Director of Foreign Relations, Yasser Al-Hajji, took part in the meeting. The discussions touched on SIG’s role in the management of the areas east of the Euphrates.
Mustafa highlighted SIG’s role in these areas, citing the recent formation of a local council in the town of Tel Abyad through agreement by the residents of the town. He also said that SIG has established a military police force in the town, adding that work is underway to establish a civilian police force and civil courts as well as activate the judiciary. He stressed that SIG’s Ministry of Defense will hold all those who abuse their powers to account.
For her part, Roberts stressed the importance of strengthening the relations and communications with SIG. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Commercial and Economic Attaché at the Syrian Embassy in the State of Qatar participated in the three-day Silkroad Exhibition at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC) along with several countries, including Azerbaijan, Kuwait, and Tajikistan.
The Syrian pavilion included three companies working in the field of shipping, transport and logistics to ensure effective participation and engagement with participants from different countries and to provide an opportunity for Syrian companies wishing to keep abreast of the latest developments and international experiences.
Syrian Company ‘Cargo’ presented a unique model for an application that brings together shipping companies from around the world, which is expected to have a significant, positive impact in the field of shipping in the region.
Syrian Ambassador to Qatar, Nizar al-Heraki, and the Qatari Minister of Transport and Communications, Jassim bin Saif al-Sulaiti visited the Syrian pavilion as al-Heraki reviewed the services provided by the Syrian participants and the possibility of developing and benefiting from them.
The exhibition, which concluded on Tuesday, included several seminars and workshops, one of which dealt with the maritime logistics, while the second workshop dealt with the subject of supply chains. Certificates of honor were awarded to the participants on the third and final day. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)