Officials of the Syrian National Coalition met with the Commission for People Displaced from Deir Ezzor province in the town of Azaz in northern rural Aleppo. They reviewed the situation of IDPs in northwestern Syria as they gave a detailed overview of the Syrian Interim Government's plans to meet the needs of civilians in the liberated areas.
The meeting brought together the Coalition’s Secretary General Abdul Basit Abdul Latif, Secretary of the political committee Riad Al-Hassan, and member of the political committee Salem Al-Muslet. They briefed the meeting on the efforts being made to achieve a real political transition in Syria that will ensure the voluntary, safe return of refugees and IDPs to their places of origin.
The two sides discussed the latest developments related to Idlib, the announcement of the formation of the Constitutional Committee, and the safe zone east of the Euphrates.
Meanwhile, members of the Commission for People Displaced from Deir Ezzor talked about Iran's attempts to impose its religious curriculum on the region and change its demographic landscape in preparation to impose its religious, cultural and social control like what happened in southern Lebanon.
They spoke of the marginalization they suffer, the dire conditions they live in, and their daily humanitarian needs. They called on the Coalition, the Syrian Interim Government, and international organizations to meet these needs.
They also talked about the problems resulting from the years-long interruption of education and the need to develop programs with the UNESCO to allow the dropouts to return to school. They also stressed the need for intensive courses and ways to ensure recognition for these certificates to enable students to pursue university education and then qualify them to enter the labor market according to the competencies and certificates they have.
With regards to the area of healthcare, members of the Commission talked about the risks to children, especially malnutrition, and called for the intervention of UNICEF to address this issue.
The Commission’s specialists in the industry and trade sectors talked about the need to establish a trade union for workers in this sector and to provide the means to empower them it in terms of production requirements, opening the doors for export, issuing certificates of origin, among other things.
Participants in the meeting also agreed on the need for the people of Deir Ezzor to reorganize themselves in the institutions, unions and bodies that guarantee their rights and allow them to effectively participate in SIG’s ministries and directorates. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian National Coalition welcomed the remarks of US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on the Assad regime's record of violations, war crimes, crimes against humanity and the crimes of using chemical weapons.
In a press release issued on Friday, the Coalition said that the US administration's showing of interest in following up on violations and crimes the Assad regime is committing in Syria as well as verifying its details and reminding the international community about them is very important.
“The international community should realize the gravity of these crimes, especially the lack of international accountability,” the Coalition stressed.
The Coalition went on to say that the US administration's announcement that it was ready to do everything possible to ensure that the Assad regime would not use chemical weapons again is an important step, especially if accompanied by clear practical measures.
The Coalition added: “The only way to stop this regime from using chemical weapons is to remove it from power and hold it accountable for the crimes it is committing.”
“The ongoing war crimes against Syrian civilians emphasize the need for the international community to take urgent political and legal initiatives and steps ensuring an end to war crimes and crimes against humanity and working to refer the situation in Syria, including the crime of using chemical weapons, to the International Criminal Court to hold the regime accountable.” (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
President of the Syrian National Coalition, Anas Al Abda, Secretary General Abdul Basit Abdul Latif, Head of the Syrian Interim Government Abdurrahman Mustafa, and members of the political committee visited the Presidency of the Syrian Tribal Council in the Turkish city of Urfa and the Syrian Tribal Office in the town of Azaz in northern rural Aleppo. They met the Council's Head Rami Al-Doush and members of the Presidential Commission as well as dignitaries from Syrian tribes.
The two sides discussed important issues at the field and political levels, stressing the importance of restoring stability in the liberated areas, including in east of the Euphrates through the establishment of civil administration and the provision of the essential services to the population.
President Al-Abda briefed the meeting on the latest field developments in Idlib and the regime’s crimes there as well as on the political developments, especially the announcement of the formation of the Constitutional Committee.
President Al-Abda stressed the vital role of the Tribal Council in the safe zone east of the Euphrates as well as in "maintaining the social fabric and Syria’s unity.”
The Council reaffirmed support for the Coalition as the legitimate umbrella of the Syrian Revolution and the legitimate representative of the Syrian people. They also reaffirmed their complete support and cooperation with the Syrian Interim Government as they stressed the need for it to be deployment across all the liberated areas. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)