Secretary-General of the Syrian National Coalition, Abdelbaset Abdullatif, met with Rana Abbawi, Political Advisor for the Syria Team at the Dutch foreign ministry and discussed with her the latest field and political developments in Syria.
Abdullatif begun the meeting by welcoming and praising the Netherlands’ humanitarian and political role in support of the Syrian people's aspirations as well as its generous hosting of Syrian refugees.
Abdullatif gave an overview of the situation in the liberated areas, stressing that the Coalition is working through its executive institutions to ensure security and promote stability in those areas. He pointed out that the PYD militia prevents this and insists on terrorizing civilians and committing crimes against them through continuous terrorist bombings.
Moreover, Abdullatif spoke about the field trips he has recently made to the liberated areas along with members of the political committee and presidential body, including the trip to Jarablus and Afrin in rural Aleppo.
He added that the Syrian Interim Government’s Ministry of Local Administration succeeded in forming a local council in the town of Tel Abyad and another one in the town of Ras al-Ayn. He pointed out that thousands of people returned to their original areas of residence in those areas.
Regarding the political situation, Abdullatif stressed that the Assad regime's delegation set preconditions outside the mandate of the Constitutional Committee before agreeing on the agenda with the aim of disrupting the constitutional process. He stressed that this regime stands in the face of the aspirations of the Syrian people and the future of Syria. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian National Coalition said that the latest developments on the ground and the war the that the Assad regime are waging an all-out war on all forms of life in Idlib province clearly show that we are facing not only war crimes or sporadic violations, but also an all-out war on innocent civilians.
“We are facing a series of organized, deliberate criminal acts that confirm that the Syrian people are facing an international terrorist coalition seeking to exterminate the Syrian people, destroy their resources, and displace entire generations,” said the Coalition in a press release issued on Monday.
“Contrary to all unfounded allegations and lies about countering terrorism, the Assad regime's violations, its criminal war and its support for terrorism have been deliberate and systematic from the outset. The international silence on these atrocities represents ignominious moral failure consolidating impunity and lack of accountability, which will have dire consequences for the future of the region and the world.”
The Coalition went on to say that “the rogue states’ protection and covering up of the murderous regime as well as their aiding and abetting of war crimes does not absolve the international community of its responsibilities.”
“The United Nations remains responsible for taking concrete action to stop the killing, destruction, and displacement once and for all. As resolutions and laws are not enforced by themselves, the major actors are obliged to urgently shoulder their responsibilities with regards to the protection of civilians, holding criminals accountable, and enforcing UN Security Council resolutions.”
In the past few hours, violent aerial and ground bombardment pummeled southern and southeastern rural Idlib as part of a terrorist war targeting residential areas, especially popular markets. The attacks killed at least nine civilians in the town of Maaret al-Numan as well as caused many civilian casualties in the town of Saraqib. Regime warplanes bombed a vegetable market in the town. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian community in Qatar has elected the Board of Directors for the 2019-2021 session.
Yassin Al-Najjar, President-elect of the Community Council, spoke about the important role of all members of the General Assembly through initiatives that serve members of the Syrian community. He promised to prepare a detailed plan to utilize the community’s potential.
Najjar added that members of the Syrian community in Qatar are an integral part of the great Syrian people who continue to make enormous sacrifices to regain freedom and dignity.
First-secretary at the Syrian embassy in Qatar, Hazem Lutfi, spoke about the importance of integration between the community council and professional associations. He promised to support the Syrian embassy with all the legal frameworks needed by these institutions. He also wished that the voice of freedom that the Syrians started in 2011 would reach the Syrian capital in electing its institutions after the overthrow of the regime of tyranny and criminality. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
Members of the Syrian National Coalition participated in a workshop organized by the Local Development Organization (LDO) to discuss the future of governance and local administration in Syria.
Participants also included representatives of provincial and local councils. Held in the Turkish city of Gaziantep, the two-day workshop included discussions of the lessons learned from the experiences of the local administration that was set up over the course of the Syrian revolution.
Participants gave an overview of the formation of provincial and local councils in the liberated areas, projects to provide services to the civilian population, and the obstacles and difficulties facing these councils.
They also discussed the need to constantly develop the work of the local councils and establish good governance in the liberated areas, stressing the important, influential role of the local councils in enabling the people to manage their own areas. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)