The Syrian National Coalition on Tuesday held several teleconferences with a group of journalists and media activists operating in the liberated areas to discuss the situation on the ground, especially in Idlib province. The participants also discussed the possibility of cooperation for the launch of media campaigns to confront the disinformation campaigns being launched by the Assad regime and Russia to discredit the Syrian revolution. The discussions also touched on the latest political developments.
Participants in the teleconferences included Vice-president Dima Moussa, Secretary of the political committee Riad Al-Hassan, members of the political committee Mohammed Yahya Maktabi, Yasser Al-Farhan, Abdullah Kaddo, and member of the Coalition Safwan Jandali. The media activists and journalists included Head of the Journalists Association in Aleppo Ammar Jabir, members of the Executive Office Sami Al-Raj, Darwish Al-Saleh, Majid Abdul Noor, and Ismail Al-Raj as well as Mohammed Talha of Thiqa agency and the “International” website.
The two sides agreed to hold more discussions with the aim of unifying the media efforts. The media activists demanded the establishment of a major media platform that serves the goals of the Syrian revolution with the support of the Coalition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people. They also stressed the importance of standing up to the disinformation campaigns being launched by the Assad regime and Russia against the Syrian revolution. They reaffirmed commitment to the principles of the revolution and the rights of the Syrian people to freedom, dignity and getting rid of dictatorship.
The media workers talked about the war crimes against civilians they witnessed while covering the military operations that the Assad regime and Russian forces have launched in northwestern Syria since late April. They explained that the suffering of the displaced persons is unimaginable as they stressed the importance of the Coalition’s role in securing international, humanitarian relief aid.
For her part, Vice-president of the Syrian Coalition Dima Moussa condemned the Assad regime and its allies’ war crimes against civilians. She pointed out that the Coalition is in constant contact with friendly countries to secure a permanent ceasefire and ensure that the agreements concluded in this regard are respected.
Moussa noted that the Coalition is making every effort to instruct the donors to support the IDP and to ensure the resumption of relief aid to the liberated areas, especially in the area of healthcare.
Secretary of the political committee, Riyad Al-Hassan, spoke about the Coalition's efforts to urge the UN Security Council to follow up on the enforcement of its resolutions, especially resolutions 2139 and 2165 calling for the delivery of humanitarian aid to those in need.
Al-Hassan pointed out that the Coalition’s General Assembly approved the cabinet formed by Abdurrahman Mustafa, stressing that the vision of the new Syrian Interim Government focuses on supporting civil administration and the provision of basic services to civilians in the liberated areas.
In response to a question, al-Hassan denied any talk or discussions about a merger between the Syrian Interim Government and the Salvation Government. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Secretary of the Syrian National Coalition’s political committee, Riad Al-Hassan, said that the UN Security Council has a responsibility to enforce resolution 2165 of July 14, 2014 as he warned of the continued international failure to address the dire humanitarian situation facing civilians in different areas of Syria, especially in the northwest of the country.
Resolution 2165 stated that “UN humanitarian agencies and their implementing partners are authorized to use routes across conflict lines and the border crossings in addition to those already in use, in order to ensure that humanitarian assistance reaches people in need throughout Syria through the most direct routes, with notification to the Syrian authorities.”
The resolution also called for the establishment of a monitoring mechanism under the authority of the UN Secretary-General in order “to confirm the humanitarian nature of the relief consignments.”
Al-Hassan recalled Resolution 2449 of December 13, 2018 which decided to renew these procedures for an additional twelve months until January 10, 2020.
Al-Hassan stressed that there is nothing to prevent the United Nations from enforcing this resolution through the several border crossings in northern Syria in partnership with the implementing partners. Should the UN fails to deliver humanitarian aid, it will be seen as a partner of the Russian, Iranian, Assad regime forces and their allied sectarian militias in the horrific crimes they are committing against the Syrian people.
Moreover, Al-Hassan went on to say that the military operations being carried out by the Assad regime and its allies in the “de-escalation zone” in northwestern Syria since last April have forced more than 1.2 million people out of their homes. He pointed out that this places a great responsibility on the international organizations to provide relief to those civilians.
Multiple human rights groups talked about the immense suffering of civilians in northwestern Syria as they stressed the urgent need to deliver humanitarian assistance to those in need and provide medical supplies for the sick and wounded. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)