The Syrian Coalition’s political committee held consultations with a number of experts on the Turkish affairs and Syrian rights activists to discuss the situation of the Syrian refugees and residents in Turkey.
The discussions were focused on the latest developments in the issue of the Syrian refugees in Istanbul. The Coalition’s legal committee gave an overview of the legal status of the Syrian refugees and residents in Turkey under the Refugee Convention of 1951 as well as under the Turkish Temporary Protection Act of 2016 which the Turkish government issued to address the issue of Syrian refugees.
Participants in the meeting put forward suggestions to solve the problems of the Syrian refugees in Turkey so as to ease the tension inside the Turkish community, stressing the bonds of friendship and fraternity between the Syrian and Turkish peoples and the historical relationship between the two countries.
President of the Syrian Coalition, Anas al-Abda, said that he had recently communicated with several Turkish officials to discuss the latest measures against the Syrian refugees in Istanbul.
Al-Abda pointed out that the Coalition is currently arranging a meeting with the Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu, adding that he will put forth important recommendations to solve the problems of the Syrian refugees in Turkey.
Al-Abda thanked Turkey for bearing the onerous burden of hosting the largest percentage of Syrian refugees in its territory over the past several years. He stressed the importance of abiding by the Turkish laws and showing respect for the customs and traditions of the Turkish society.
Moreover, Al-Abda called for stopping the deportation of Syrian refugees who do not have a temporary protection identity card. He urged the Turkish authorities to give Syrian refugees who does not meet the latest rules a period of at least three months to settle their status in accordance with the relevant Turkish laws.
Al-Abda also pointed to the importance of facilitating the granting of work permits to the Syrian refugees and allowing Syrian households who have ID cards issued in other provinces to settle their status. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian Coalition’s Department of External Relations meet with a delegation from the British Foreign Office in Istanbul on Tuesday and discussed with them the latest political and on the ground developments in Syria, especially the atrocities taking place in the ‘de-escalation zone’ in northwestern Syria.
Vice-president of the Syrian Coalition, Dima Moussa, said that the onslaught the Assad regime and Russia have unleashed against Idlib province since April has resulted in yet new war crimes about which the international community should not remain silent. She called on the United Kingdom to work on bringing an end to this onslaught and shoulder its legal and moral responsibilities with regards to the protection of civilians.
Moussa pointed out that the humanitarian situation is rapidly deteriorating because of the Assad regime and Russia’s deliberate targeting of civilians, public facilities and medical centers. She pointed out that these crimes amounted to international crimes as they are primarily aimed at perpetuating the killings and undermining efforts to resume the political process.
Moussa called for the resumption of support for the humanitarian sector in Idlib province, especially in the area of healthcare. She noted that the Assad regime and Russia’s targeting of public facilities and medical centers is aimed at killing any semblance of life and forcing civilians to surrender and flee their homes.
“This option is no longer available as this region is the last resort for Syrian civilians who were displaced from other parts of Syria, especially the areas that saw forced settlement agreenents under which millions of Syrian civilians were displaced to Syria’s northwest for fear of detention, torture and enforced disappearance,” Moussa said.
Both sides also discussed the Syrian Interim Government's (SIG) plan of action. Moussa said that SIG’s priority on the short term is to provide security, stability and basic services to civilians so as to serve as a model for the Coalition’s executive arm and expand its work to include other areas once the appropriate conditions are met. She stressed that the Coalition is in need for support to enable SIG to operate across all the liberated areas and to provide better services for the civilian population in those areas.
Moussa pointed out that SIG’s Head-designate Abdurrahman Mustafa continues to hold consultations with various civil and local bodies and organizations with the aim of outlining SIG’s vision and plan of action for the next phase. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)