A delegation from the Syrian Opposition Coalition, headed by President Anas Abdah, begun an official visit to the State of Qatar and met Deputy Prime Minister and Qatari Foreign Minister, Sheikh Muhammad bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani at the capital, Doha.
The delegation included head of the Syrian Interim Government (SIG), Abdurrahman Mustafa, SOC’s Vice-president, Oqab Yahya, Coordinator of the Office of the Arab Affairs of the Department of Foreign Relations, Salim al-Khatib, Minister of Defense Major General Salim Idris, Minister of the Interior Mohiuddin Harmoush, and Minister of Local Administration and Services Muhammad Suleiman.
The two sides discussed the latest on the ground and political developments, especially the humanitarian disaster unfolding in northwestern Syria as a result of military operations against civilians in recent months.
President Abdah emphasized the need of revitalizing the political process to fully implement UN resolution 2254, including the Geneva Communique of 2012 in order to find a real political solution by forming a transitional governing body without Assad and the rest of war criminals.
President Abdah thanked the leadership and people of Qatar for their consistent, humanitarian stances in support of the Syrian people, the latest of which was the Haq Al-Sham fundraising campaign which came as a swift response to alleviate the suffering of the internally displaced people. He stressed the important role of Qatar in preventing normalization of relations with the Assad regime.
Moreover, President Abdah stressed that the SOC is seeking through SIG to establish an efficient civic administration in the liberated areas, establish service institutions for the civilian population, and find a real alternative to the Assad regime’s institutions.
He pointed out that SIG has already begun implementing vital projects in the areas of security, health, and education with the aim of supporting the resilience of the civilian population in the liberated areas and promoting the principles of the Syrian revolution. (Source: SOC’s Media Department)
The Syrian Negotiations Commission’s Geneva Office and the Committee of Detainees held an event under the title ‘Caesar’s Act and its impact on the issue of detainees’ with the auspices of the European Union and the US Mission to the UN Office in Geneva. The event brought together a large number of diplomats and international rights activists.
The event involved the delivery of speeches, research papers, and testimonies by envoys of the European Union and the US Mission, Ambassador Abdel Latif Dabbagh, Alice Moufarrej, lawyer Yasser Al-Farhan and Hind Qabwat as well as testimonies of Maryam Hallaq and Walid Dabbak of the Caesar League.
At the end of the event, the Syrian side put forward a set of recommendations that included activating Article 301 of the Caesar Act to protect Syrian civilians; ensure the release of detainees; disclose the fate of the missing persons, initiate procedures to redress the victims, and prevent impunity.
They stressed the need of investing the act to support a real political transition; expedite the issuance of the internal regulations for the Caesar Act; and ensure that the these regulations correspond with the text of the law so that its goals are achieved as soon as possible.
The recommendations stressed the need for the sanctions to be focused on the Assad regime and its symbols as well as to be smart so as to avoid any negative effects on the lives of the Syrian people.
The Syrian side urged friendly states to adopt laws similar to the Caesar Act in order to protect civilians in Syria as well as to work on holding an international conference on detainees in the presence of the Syrians. They stressed for the need for the outcome of this conference to be binding.
Participants in the event also called for the need for the return of the issue of detainees to the negotiating table in Geneva under the umbrella of the United Nations in implementation of international resolutions. (Source: SOC’s Media Department)