President of the Syrian Negotiations Commission, Anas Abdah, met with the UN special envoy to Syria, Geir Pedersen, in the Turkish city of Istanbul and discussed with him the latest political and on the ground developments.
Abdah gave an overview on the letter that the Commission sent to the UN Security Council, pointing out that it is essential to revitalizing the political process, most notably the work of the Constitutional Committee.
Abdah underscored that adopting a right approach will entail avoiding of wasting of time and commitment to the mission and mandate of the Committee in accordance with the procedural rules.
Moreover, he stressed the need for an effective mechanism for implementing UN Resolution 2254 in its entirety, adding that postponing the implementation of certain provisions of the resolutions represents a waste of time for the Syrian people and the international community alike. He also said that this would require the combination of regional and international efforts to support the political process.
Abdah also stressed the importance of achieving tangible progress in the issue of detainees in the Assad regime’s prisons, adding that the Assad regime still refuses to make any progress in this issue.
He also stressed the need to ratchet up international pressure on the Assad regime and its backers to force it to release detainees and disclose the fate of the forcibly disappeared. “Detainees, their families, and all Syrians are paying a heavy price for wasting more time in this issue,” he said.
Abdah made it clear that he perceived seriousness on the part of the UN envoy who stressed the need to establish an effective mechanism for revitalizing the political process and ensuring the full implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2254. He said: “This corresponds with our demands from the beginning as the solution in Syria cannot be divided or split. UN resolution 2254 is clear. There is a need to push towards the full implementation of the resolution as soon as possible.” (Source: SOC’s Media Department)