The Syrian Coalition’s General Assembly concluded its 45th regular meeting on Saturday during which it discussed the latest political and field developments in Syria, especially the serious military escalation by the Assad regime and Russian forces in Idlib province.
The Coalition stressed that the ongoing brutal bombing campaign should confirm to the international community that the regime continues to show utter disregard for the political process and political solution that is needed to stop the bloodshed and alleviate the suffering of Syrian civilians.
Members of the General Assembly called on the United Nations to condemn the intensified bombing campaign in Idlib and hold those responsible to account; refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court; preserve the Idlib agreement; and help reach a nationwide ceasefire.
The General Assembly decided to postpone the elections of a new presidential body, a new political committee, and new head of the Syrian Interim Government to the upcoming meetings scheduled for July due to the latest developments on the ground. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The 45th meeting of the Syrian Coalition’s General Assembly began on Friday, mainly discussing the serious military escalation in Idlib and the fate of about three million civilians living in the province.
Members of the General Assembly stressed that the brutal bombardment by the Russian air force and the regime forces on Idlib risk undermining international efforts to restart the negotiating process and achieve a nationwide ceasefire.
The Syrian Coalition’s Strategies Committee presented a comprehensive report on the situation in Idlib. It set forth a set of recommendations to stop the violence and escalation against civilians in Idlib, warning of possible fresh waves of refugees to neighboring countries.
The General Assembly commended calls by the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, on Russia to commit to the Idlib Agreement and to abide by its provisions calling for a ceasefire in the region.
The participants reviewed the violations the Assad regime is committing in other areas across Syria, especially the arbitrary arrests and forced disappearances. Members of the General Assembly stressed that these violations amounted to war crimes requiring firm positions by the United Nations. They reiterated calls for holding those responsible accountable and the referral of Syria to the International Criminal Court.
The General Assembly will elect a new presidential body and a political committee later on Friday. It will also elect a new head of the Syrian Interim Government to succeed outgoing head Jawad Abu Hatab.
On Saturday, the Coalition will hold a press conference at its office in the countryside of Aleppo to talk about the brutal onslaught on Idlib, the results of the elections, and the action plan of the new leadership of the Coalition and the Syrian Interim Government. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The 45th meeting of the Syrian Coalition’s General Assembly will begin on Friday, with the ongoing, grave military escalation by the Assad regime and Russian forces and the field developments in the security and stability of the liberated areas on top of the agenda.
The Coalition will discuss the UN Special Syria Envoy Geir Pedersen’s calls on Russia to maintain the cease-fire in the region and to continue to commit to it.
Tabled for discussions will be the ongoing military escalation by the Assad regime forces and their shelling of the liberated areas, especially the countryside of Idlib and Hama. Jets and helicopters as well as heavy artillery are being used in the bombings which have resulted in dozens of civilian casualties and caused a mass exodus of civilians from the area.
The General Assembly will elect a new president of the Coalition, vice presidents, a secretary-general and members of the political committee. A new head of the Syrian Interim Government will also be elected to succeed Jawad Abu Hatab.
Moreover, the General Assembly will discuss the political developments concerning the UN efforts to reinvigorate the political process and convene the Constitutional Committee and the other baskets of the Geneva process. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)