The delegation of the Syrian Negotiations Commission to New York held several important meetings on the sidelines of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly. The meetings were focused on the importance of stopping the Assad regime and its backers’ onslaught on civilians across Syria, especially in Idlib province as well as on the announcement of the formation of the Constitutional Committee.
Member of the Commission Bader Jamous said that the delegation met the UN envoy to Syria, Geir Pedersen, the US special envoy to Syria, James Jeffrey, and Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir.
Jamous, who is also member of the Syrian National Coalition’s political committee, pointed out that the delegation expressed its doubts about the willingness of the Assad regime and its bckers to stop attacks on civilians and civilian targets under the pretext of fighting terrorism. He stressed that the regime will seek to impede the political process which it was forced to engage in as it is still determined on pursuing a military solution.
For his part, Pedersen expressed optimism about revitalizing the political process in Syria which has long been stalled, adding that the first step in the political process has begun.
Jeffrey stressed that his country will push towards bringing about a political transition in Syria that guarantees the return of refugees and restores stability as well as security for the Syrian people. He reaffirmed his country's continued support for the Syrian Negotiations Commission and the political process.
Meanwhile, Al-Jubeir said that the Constitutional Committee will provide a gateway to the political process, adding that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will continue to support the Commission and the Syrian people in their quest for a political transition. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Head of the Syrian Turkoman Council, Wajeeh Juma, visited the office of the Syrian National Coalition in northern rural Aleppo and met with a number of the Coalition members and the Secretary-General of the Free Provincial Council of Aleppo Muhammad Jallou.
Participants in the meeting discussed the humanitarian situation in Idlib and the rest of the liberated areas as they stressed the need to work together to help the IDPs who fled their homes as a result of the brutal military campaign that the Assad regime has launched since late April.
Participants stressed that the Assad regime and its backers are committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria, especially in Idlib. They pointed out that these heinous crimes must not go unpunished.
Moreover, the meeting touched on the future of the liberated areas, the importance of empowering the Syrian Interim Government, and the developoment of projects to improve services, security and stability.
Participants stressed that the success of the Syrian Interim Government's work will reflect positively on civilians, alleviate the suffering of the IDPs, and produce a model for civil administration contrary to the corrupt, tyrannical Assad regime, which will in turn help achieve a genuine political transition in Syria. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
A delegation from the Syrian-Turkish Joint Committee for the Follow-up on the Affairs of the Syrian Refugees in Turkey met with the Directorate of Migration in Istanbul to discuss the latest requests submitted to the Committee within the framework of the implementation of the latest decisions to settle the legal status the Syrian nationals residing in Turkey.
Participants in the meeting, the second of its kind in September, included Coordinator of the Syrian National Coalition’s Office of Refugee Affairs, Amal Sheikhou, member of the Coalition Yusuf Mahilli, member of the Committee Ahmed Bakoura, and Istanbul Provincial Director of Migration Recep Batu. The two sides agreed to provide more facilitations to solve the problems facing Syrian nationals in Istanbul.
Sheikho pointed out that the Coalition submitted to the Directorate of Immigration the requests it received after it sorted them out and arranged them into categories. She said that the Office proposed solutions and ideas for improving and expediting the settlement of the status of Syrian nationals in Istanbul.
For his part, Batu said that unregistered Syrian nationals must apply for the Temporary Protection ID Card before October 30th, adding that the next step will involve the reunification of households that the majority of their members are registered in Istanbul.
Regarding the facilitations the Directorate are providing to the Syrian nationals, Batu pointed out that they opened a new center in Esenler district and a mobile one in Esenyurt district whose task will be the provision of facilitations to unregistered Syrians and the issuance of travel permits.
Batu pointed out that Syrian nationals can now obtain travel permits from new centers at the entrance of Sabiha and Istanbul airports by producing the plane ticket and the Temporary Protection ID Card provided that the destination is to the same province in which the traveler was registered. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)