Vice-president of the Syrian National Coalition, Oqab Yahya, stressed that there is a clear international effort to achieve a breakthrough in the political process which was stalled because of the Assad regime’s intransigence and refusal to implement international resolutions. He said that the launch of the work of the Constitutional Committee is important but taken alone, it is not enough to achieve the essence of those resolutions.
The top priority must be to ensure protection of civilians and stopping the shelling on their homes and vital facilities, including hospitals, public markets and schools, Yahya said. He added that what comes next is the urgent delivery of humanitarian aid to the IDPs and relieve the hundreds of thousands of people who are staying out in the open and take shelter under olive trees.
Moreover, Yahya pointed out that it will be impossible to obtain the consent of the Syrian people for any political achievement without gaining their confidence in the political process as a whole. He said: “We are in a complicated political process that dragged on for years. The regime has not committed to any of its phases, so we count on the implementation of the humanitarian provisions set out in the UN Security Council resolution 2254 in parallel with the launch of the work of the Constitutional Committee.”
Yahya pointed out that the Russian president’s latest remarks are far from proceeding with a real political process as he insists on repeating the narrative of terrorism to support his strategy to rehabilitate the Assad regime despite the many international reports which have shown that the bombardment does not target military sites but mainly civilian areas. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)