President of the Syrian Coalition Anas Alabdah said that the executive framework for a political solution in Syria the Syrian opposition announced on Wednesday stemmed from the fundamental principles and guidelines of the Syrian revolution.
Alabdah, who was speaking at the sidelines of a meeting of foreign ministers of the Friends of the Syria Group in London on Wednesday, stressed that the opposition’s vision for a political solution in Syria is dynamic and open to further improvements that could serve the interests of the Syrian people and achieve their aspirations.
Alabdah reaffirmed commitment to the fundamental principles of the Syrian revolution, namely the territorial integrity of Syria and the unity of its people; the rejection of giving any role for Bashar al-Assad in the transitional period or in the future of Syria; and the establishment of a civil, democratic, pluralistic political system where all citizens are equal regardless of their backgrounds.
The opposition’s plan for a political solution in Syria expresses a unified vision of a united opposition and aims to build Syria’s future on sound and strong foundations, Alabdah said. He added that that this vision is in the benefit of all Syrians.
The London meeting discussed the latest development in the besieged areas, especially in the district of Moadamiya, the town of Madaya and the district of Alwaer. The meeting also touched on the siege regime forces have recently re-imposed on eastern Aleppo. The delegation of the Syrian opposition made it clear that the Assad regime still pursues the policy of forced mass displacement in the besieged areas, warning that this policy is aimed at bringing about demographic change in Syria.
The Syrian opposition’s delegation referred to the chlorine attack regime forces carried out in the neighborhood of Alsukkari in Aleppo on Tuesday. It called on foreign ministers participating in the meeting to follow up on the latest report the UN released on the use of chemical weapons in Syria confirming the Assad regime used chemical weapons in two different occasions in 2014 and 2015. The opposition delegation stressed the need to refer the dossier of chemical weapons in Syria to the International Criminal Court.
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson described the opposition’s peace plan as a “formidably important document” amounted to a “vision and plan for Syria that is democratic, pluralistic, that will take that country forward.” He said that the plan represents “a future for Syria that goes beyond the Assad regime”.
Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani hailed the efforts the HNC and the Syrian Coalition have so far made to lay out a comprehensive, objective vision for the future of Syria.
Al-Thani stressed the importance of ensuring the Syrian people are protected from the Assad regime’s brutal sieges, bombardment of civilian areas and infrastructure, and the demographic change policy Assad pursues through the forced mass displacement of civilians in the besieged areas. He called upon the international community to enforce UN resolutions on Syria in order to alleviate the suffering for the Syrian people and achieve their aspirations for freedom and dignity. (Source: Syrian Coalition + Agencies)