Coordinator of the Syrian National Coalition’s Department of Foreign Relations, Abdulahad Astepho, held two separate meetings with senior advisor on Syria in the German Foreign Ministry and political advisor on Syrian in the Dutch Foreign Ministry on Tuesday. Astepho conveyed to them the Coalition's concerns about the position of the Friends of the Syrian people regarding the humanitarian disaster in Idlib, whether at the level of taking serious action to stop the crimes of the regime and its backers against civilians or the provision of urgent aid to the IDP.
Astepho pointed out that the situation in Idlib and western rural Aleppo needs serious, firm positions from the international community to establish a ceasefire and alleviate the escalating humanitarian catastrophe, especially in light of the continued military operations by the regime and its backers. The disaster is further compounded by the increasing number of IDP coinciding with the interruption of healthcare services as a result of bombardment.
Astepho stressed the importance of swift action by international organizations to secure humanitarian, relief and medical assistance for the IDP. He stressed that humanitarian response is still weak and does not rise to the scale of the humanitarian catastrophe, warning of a new refugee crisis affecting neighboring countries and Europe.
Astepho also talked about the suffocating economic crisis that the Syrian citizens are going through in all regions due to the decline of the value of the Syrian pound against the US dollar to record low. He stressed that the Assad regime bears full responsibility for the current situation. “The regime continues to deplete the country's resources in violations against civilians in Idlib and rural Aleppo, killing civilians with rockets, while the rest of the Syrians die of hunger and cold.”
A solution in Syria can only be achieved through a political transition through real support by the international community for a political process leading to the full implementation of the relevant international decisions, most importantly the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN Security Council resolution 2254, he added. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian National Coalition issued the final communique of the 49th meeting of the General Assembly which focused its discussion on the humanitarian catastrophe in Idlib. President of the Syrian Coalition, Anas al-Abda, extended his greetings to our patient, steadfast people in Idlib for the generosity, courage, steadfastness, resilience, and resistance they are showing.”
In his opening speech, President Al-Abda said that the people of Idlib and the Syrian National Army are facing a fierce, systematic bombing campaign being carried out by Russia and the murderous regime. “The bombing campaign is mainly targeting civilians and vital infrastructure with the aim of emptying those areas of their residents and forcing them out of their homes.”
Moreover, President Al-Abda said that there is no change in the Russian strategy aimed at subjecting all areas to the regime’s control through the scorched earth policy. Russia is also reinforcing the approach of the regime which insists on pursuing a military solution.
He stressed that the regime bears full responsibility for the growing economic crisis and the suffering of Syrian civilians resulting from the skyrocketing prices and the collapse of the Syrian pound and its impact on the life of the ordinary civilians.
The Coalition’s members reaffirmed the Syrian people’s choice of resistance by all means. These include working behind enemy lines, strengthening the relationship with the revolution’s social base, and emphasizing the importance of the unification of ranks at the military and political levels.
The Coalition’s members saluted the heroic people of Iraq, the brotherly people of Lebanon and all the Arab peoples who are struggling to regain their rights to establish democratic systems of rule that ensure basic freedoms, put them on the path of overcoming internal crises, and get rid of the obstacles to development and independence.
The General Assembly discussed the reports of the Department of External Relations and the report of the National Committee for the Affairs of Detainees and Missing Persons.
They also discussed the most important meetings as they discussed the challenges facing the political process in light of the Assad regime's refusal to engage in the work of the Constitutional Committee. They also reviewed the work related to following up on the affairs of Syrian civilians in the liberated areas and the situation of Syrian refugees in the host countries. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)