The Syrian Coalition’s Department of the Refugee Affairs held a workshop to discuss the situation of the Syrian refugees in the Turkish city of Istanbul and to propose a plan of action for the next phase.
The workshop brought together activists of the revolutionary movement, journalists and legal experts as well as representatives of civil society organizations active in development and members of the Coalition’s political committee.
The workshop included an overview and discussion of the problems faced by the Syrian refugees in Istanbul. The participants also discussed the possible opportunities and initiatives to reduce the tensions resulting from this issue.
Head of the Department of the Refugee Affairs, Amal Sheikho, said that opportunities still exist to correct the mistakes and strengthen the bonds of friendship between the Syrian and Turkish peoples. She stressed the importance of detecting rumors and refuting them, noting that the Assad supporters are behind the majority of these rumors.
Sheikho pointed out that the Assad regime sent people to do shameful and shocking acts in Turkey with the aim of tarnishing the image of the Syrian refugees and destabilizing Turkey.
Sheikho explained that the Coalition will continue to pay attention to the situation of the Syrian refugees in Turkey by holding periodic meetings to put forth ideas and suggestions as well as by organizing social activities to bridge the gap and reduce the tensions. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian Coalition said that the Assad regime and Russia’s continued crimes against the Syrian people are aimed at undermining efforts to resume the political process. It reiterated calls on the international community to shoulder its responsibilities with regards to protecting civilians and stopping military operations.
In a press release issued on Wednesday, the Coalition condemned the crimes being committed by the Assad regime and Russia as part of the ongoing bombing campaign in the ‘de-escalation zone’ in northwestern Syria. It described these as "blatant crimes" deliberately targeting civilians in public places.
“The Assad regime continues to commit crimes against civilians despite all the warnings we have repeatedly issued to the international community. The Assad regime and its backers will continue to commit the most heinous crimes until the international community assumes its responsibilities.”
The Coalition said that the massacres against civilians occurred in residential places, public markets and medical facilities, pointing out that the bombing also caused massive damage and fires to civilian homes and shops.
Moreover, the Coalition said that the international community bears primary responsibility for these crimes.
“The international community, which continues with its indifference and inaction, is to blame for the brutality of the regime which is exploiting what it sees an international green light to carry on with the murder, destruction and criminality.”
These attacks, crimes and bloody attacks are clearly aimed at undermining the efforts of the UN envoy to resume the political process. The Syrian people, meanwhile, see the silence of the international community and the sponsors of the political solution about these crimes as amounting to partnership in the aggression against them. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)