The 58th regular session of the Syrian Opposition Coalition’s (SOC) General Assembly began in Istanbul on Friday, with the current field situations in Idlib and Dara’a on top of the agenda of the two-day session.
The General Assembly will discuss the latest political developments, especially the work of the Constitutional Committee. It will also discuss the latest political and military developments, both at the regional and international levels.
Moreover, the General Assembly will discuss the reports of the SOC’s presidential body, departments, offices, and committees, as well as the reports of Syrian Interim Government and the rest of the SOC’s executive institutions.
SOC’s President Salem Al-Meslet opened the session by talking about the reform process being carried out by the SOC. He stressed that “the Syrian people have the right to see their institution as effective, legitimate and fortified, which imposes on us heavy responsibility that requires a reassessment of many matters.”
Al-Meslet pointed out that reform includes everyone “in our institution and in the institutions of the revolutionary forces,” adding that “no one is exempted from reviewing the legitimacy of their existence and the need for change. This applies to me before anybody else. There are no red lines for that.”
Al-Meslet stressed the need to strengthen the SOC’s position and role by supplementing it with the revolutionary youth who began the revolution and carried it forward until today, as well as by personalities with high political, social and revolutionary status.
He stressed that the SOC’s doors are open to receiving requests from components that have legitimacy, status and influence. He said: “When we talk about the Syrian people with all their components, we must support the representation of their components in this institution in a fair manner. When we talk about the role and status of women and our support for them, we must give them adequate representation in this institution.”
Al-Meslet stressed that the SOC and its members bear full responsibility towards all the Syrian people with regard to the suffering they are going through and the challenges they are facing. He added that the suffering of the Syrian people does not discriminate between Syrians as our identity is one and our blood is one.”
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)