Head of the Syrian Negotiations Commission, Nasr al-Hariri, called on the international community to put an end to the Assad regime's disruption of the work of the Constitutional Committee, warning that this disruption risks sabotaging the political process altogether.
In an interview with the Anadolu Agency, Hariri considered that the regime's position was not surprising. “We have a bitter memory of the Geneva talks and their previous rounds,” he said, stressing that the Assad regime “is unwilling to reach a political solution."
Hariri pointed out that the delegation of the Syrian Negotiations Commission put forward five proposals for the agenda in the latest session of the work of the Constitutional Committee. The Assad regime's delegation, meanwhile, insisted on discussing the so-called national principles with the aim of blocking progress in the work of the Constitutional Committee.
“If this insistence continues, it will impede reaching the desired political solution for all Syrians.”
He stressed that the Syrian Negotiations Commission is very serious about the success of the constitutional process, pointing out that it will continue to make all efforts to overcome the obstacles and difficulties that the regime places in front of the Constitutional Committee.
Moreover, Hariri pointed out that the task of drawing up an agenda lies with the United Nations and the international community, expressing his support for the position of the United Nations not to hold any new session until after agreeing on the agenda. “The absence of a political process is better than having a sham process.”
He stressed that there will be no new round of talks on the constitution without an agenda that is consistent with the rules of procedure which have already been agreed upon by the Assad regime and the Commission. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian National Coalition’s Secretary-General, Abdelbaset Abdullatif, and member of the political committee, Muhammad Al-Khatib, visited the Coalition’s representative office in the Turkish province of Mersin where they met with the Coalition’s representative in the province Fadi Ibrahim. The two sides discussed the conditions of Syrian nationals and the major difficulties and challenges facing them.
The two sides discussed the latest developments with regards to granting temporary protection ID cards as Ibrahim pointed out that work is continuing to secure legal cover for the residence of all Syrians in the city, including those coming from the province of Sanliurfa.
Abdullatif praised the work being carried out by the Coalition’s office in Mersin, especially its constant communications with Syrian nationals and its addressing of the problems and difficulties facing them.
Abdullatif and Al-Khatib also met with a group of Syrian pilgrims and heads of the Hajj groups in and discussed with them preparations for the upcoming Hajj season.
Abdullatif also visited charities that the Syrian nationals established in the city such as the Guest House. He said that such projects are a source of pride as he stressed the importance of cooperativeness in these critical circumstances.
Abdullatif also visited the Coalition’s office in Hatay where he met with the representative of the Coalition in the province, Adnan Al-Shughri in addition to a delegation comprising representatives of the Syrian community in the province. He stressed the need for the office to help address the problems facing the Syrian nationals in the province and help them overcome obstacles in their legal transactions. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Ahmed Ramadan, Coordinator of the Syrian National Coalition’s Strategic Consulting Office, participated in a workshop on the inclusive national project that was organized by the Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA) and the Strategic Thinking Group Society (STGS).
Professor Mohamed Hussein Abu Saleh, former Minister of Strategic Planning in Sudan, presented a working paper on the nature and mechanisms of promoting the national project and how to formulate a contract of national interests and build a common vision among all components. The paper also talked about doing a serious review of the effects of decades of political and economic setbacks as well as social disruption in the Arab region.
Ramadan stressed the need to build an inclusive national identity that transcends identities while recognizing the cultural, intellectual, political and societal diversity. He also talked about ways to develop an intellectual current that reconciles with the concept of the national state and seeks to serve society in line with the concept of justice and equal citizenship.
Ramadan pointed out that the corrupt regimes, a stark example of which is the Assad regime, has sought for decades to demolish the pillars of society, weaken it economically, and suppress it politically, and repel its expertise and competencies. He added the current century will be a century of change. “Work must focus on strengthening national partnership, the launch of initiatives, and attracting energies to rebuild the national state in Syria and other countries experiencing similar crises.”
The workshop brought together researchers, academics, and experts from the Arab world, Turkey and Africa. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)