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03 March 2020 In Coalition News

President of the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC), Anas Abdah, sent a letter to European Union foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell Fontelles, to protest against the Greek army's use of excessive force against Syrian refugees.

President Abdah called for an immediate cessation of the use of excessive force against Syrian refugees and for adopting new laws and regulations to reduce the suffering of Syrian refugees.

He also called for adopting a new strategy that respects human rights regardless of gender, belief, and background and for providing the refugees with the necessary humanitarian and legal services and protection.

Moreover, President Abdah called for engaging with all relevant parties and sides to ensure achieving and respecting ceasefire in all Syria, especially in the northwest. He also called for supporting the efforts of the political track to achieve a political transition and call upon all relevant parties to engage responsibly to reach a comprehensive political solution by fully implementing Security Council resolution 2254 (2015), which among other things will ensure fundamentally resolving the humanitarian crisis in Syria.

“The Syrian people are living one of the worst humanitarian tragedies in recent times. This has forcibly displaced more than half of the Syrian population, internally and beyond the Syrian borders, with millions staying in neighboring countries, including over 4 million in Turkey,” the letter added.

Furthermore, President Abdah pointed out that the difficult living conditions prompt Syrians to look for ways to improve their and their families’ lives as well as to move to areas where they feel they can have greater aid and other opportunities for them and their families.

He stressed that the Assad regime “bears full responsibility for the plight of the Syrian people, whether in Syria or abroad, especially those drowning during their attempt to reach Europe.” SOC’s Media Department)

03 March 2020 In Coalition News

The Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC) said that Operation Spring Shield came as a natural response to Syrian people’s calls and to the international community’s years-long ignoring of the cries of detainees, the displaced, and the orphans and widows and its choosing to only express its concern.

In a press release issued on Monday, the SOC said that after “the heavy price that the Syrian people have paid, after years of international inaction, and after our appeals and demands, the Syrian people see Operation Spring Shield as a natural response to their calls and as a move seeking to compensate for the international community’s failure to assume its humanitarian duty.”

“Operation Spring Shield aims to put an end to the Assad regime’s atrocious crimes, the mass forced displacement, and extremism and terrorism. It will also significantly contribute to enforce resolutions and agreements and help reach a political solution based on international resolutions,” the SOC added.

“Operation Spring Shield represents an opportunity that may be the last one for tens of thousands of young Syrians whom the regime forced to fight in its ranks, including the youths who agreed to the so-called reconciliation and settlements deals. Today they have an opportunity to correct their mistakes by abandoning this murderous regime and take an honorable stance alongside the Syrian people.”

The SOC underscored that “in addition to defending its security and future, Turkey today assumes the duty that the international community should have assumed long time ago. Turkey’s support for the Syrian National Army represents an important move to protect civilians and safeguard human values and international law. This support appears as the only way to keep alive the chances for reaching a political solution in Syria.”

The SOC also stressed that the Syrian National Army and the Turkish Army honor international treaties and agreements as their operations are being carried out with the utmost professionalism and without causing harm to civilians while showing respect for the relevant Geneva Conventions. (SOC’s Media Department)

03 March 2020 In Coalition News

The Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC) condemned Greece’s use of excessive force against refugees on its borders.

In a press release issued on Monday, the SOC said that “instead of panicking, the European Union countries should have heeded our repeated warnings of the occurrence of a fresh wave of refugees should the onslaught by the Russian occupation, Assad regime, and Iranian militias against civilians in Idlib continues.”

The SOC underscored that the European Union and all countries of the world “are required to support Operation Spring Shield and impose international resolutions on the Assad regime so as to ensure an end to the killing and mass displacement as well as force it to engage in a political solution.”

“We call on the European Union to take serious, firm stance and concrete action with regards to the atrocities taking place against civilians in Syria and not to limit its response to expressions of denunciation,” added the SOC.

The SOC went on to say that “it is imperative that the European Union protect refugees, preserve their dignity, and help create the appropriate conditions for their voluntary return to their homeland.” (SOC’s Media Department)

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