Co-chair of the Constitutional Committee Hadi al-Bahra said that the Assad regime is trying to convince the world that negotiations are dead in the water and that there is no longer a role for the United Nations. He said that the regime is seeking to force the world to accept it as a fait accompli, stressing importance of keeping the political process alive and not allowing UN resolutions on Syria to be bypassed.
In an interview with the New Arab newspaper, Al-Bahra said that “The Assad regime’s real goal is to wriggle out of the political process and to kill it altogether as well as convince the world that the Geneva process is dead and that the United Nations no longer has a role to play in this process.”
He added that the Assad regime “is not seeking recognition of its legitimacy as it already knows that it is a rogue regime, but to force the international community to accept it as a fait accompli,” noting that the regime’s sole aim “is to remain in power and to start reconstruction so that it has a new chance to loot the country along with its clique.”
Al-Bahra stressed that what is currently standing in the way of the regime’s plans is “the continuity of the Geneva process in accordance with UN resolution 2254 as the only framework for any sustainable political solution.” He stressed that keeping the Syrian issue active in the UN Security Council is of paramount importance so that the aspirations and demands of the Syrian people for justice and political transition are not ignored. It is also critically important to confront tendency by some countries to accept the regime as a fait accompli.”
Moreover, Al-Bahra made it clear that the Assad regime will continue to obstruct the work of the Constitutional Committee and every effort that aims to reach a political solution. He stressed that the Assad regime cannot take part in the drafting of a constitution that ends its tyranny and criminality, and that makes the people sovereign and the source of all powers.
He pointed out that the Geneva meetings “prevent the regime from exclusively representing the hijacked Syrian state; keep the legitimate demands of the revolution alive; and prevent acceptance of the regime as a fait accompli.” He added that negotiations are currently taking place with “the international community, not with the regime whose intentions have long been exposed.”
“We have not and will not forsake resolution 2254, its priorities or hierarchy that comes at the start of its implementation after a political solution has been reached. The institutions of the revolutionary and opposition forces will not hesitate to take the appropriate decision that serves our people and our country at the appropriate time.”
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)