Syrian Coalition: Negotiation Impossible as Long as Assad Regime Rejects Basic Principles of Geneva II
Khalid Saleh, head of the Media Office, calls on the international community to put pressure on the Assad regime to “clarify its position towards Geneva II, after its evasiveness and political manipulations were exposed after the leakage of a message sent by the regime to the UN Secretary General. The message stresses that the Assad regime has “reservations on some of the points contained in the invitations sent by the UN to attend the conference on the ground that they are incompatible with the legal position…Read more
National Coordination Commission Rejects Participation in Geneva II as Part of the Coalition’s Delegation. The National Coordination Commission said it would not participate in Geneva II as part of the Syrian Coalition’s delegation. “The United Nations and the sponsor states called on the Syrian Coalition to form an inclusive delegation to represent the Syrian opposition in Geneva II,” the National Commission said. The National Coalition was not directly invited to attend the conference, but was invited through the Syrian Coalition. The National Commission criticized Russia’s letting go of the three-part delegation, which “was supposed to be formed by the National Commission, the Syrian Coalition and the Supreme Kurdish Commission.” Haytham Manna, the National Commission member, criticized the way the invitations were sent. “It was arranged that we would form an inclusive delegation to represent the Syrian opposition in Geneva II conference,” he said. (Source: Syrian Coalition)
Aleppo Local Council Continue Maintenance of Sewage System Aleppo Local Council has resumed maintenance of sewage systems in all districts of the city that has been witnessing daily aerial shelling by regime’s air force. The maintenance teams managed to get to the damaged pipes in the neighborhood of Bustan Al Qaser. Two workers were injured by regime’s snipers. (Source: Syrian Coalition)
FSA Downs a Regime Helicopter in Daryya The Free Syrian Army shot down a regime helicopter over Daryya west of Damascus. Assad’s air force conducted aerial shelling on Khan al Sheih, Adra and Zabadani. Nine people were killed as a result of aerial shelling on Yarmouk Camp in Damascus. Two people were also killed in Jobar as a result of mortar shelling by regime forces. (Source: Syrian Coalition + LCC) Violent Clashes in Sheikh Misqin as Four Bodies are Recovered in Dael The Free Syrian Army clashed with regime forces north of Sheikh Misqin in Dara’a province, with reports of regime losses. Four bodies were recovered from under the rubble in Dael following air strikes conducted by regime forces. Meanwhile, regime forces shelled Tel Shehab, Nawa and Giza, causing civilian casualties and material damage. Artillery shelling was also reported on Tariq al Sad and Dara’a Camp. (Source: Syrian Coalition + LCC) Three Children Killed In Talbisah By Regime Shelling. Assad’s warplanes bombed Talbisah north of Homs, killing three children and causing dozens of injuries. Violent clashes broke out near the town of Ghantou north of Homs, alongside shellinbg by regime forces. Regime’s air force conducted air strikes on the town of Kafr Zeta north of Hama. The Free Syrian Army clashed with regime forces in Al Madiq town. (Source: Syrian Coalition + LCC)
20 Pro-Assad Soldiers Killed In Sheikh Saed in Aleppo The Free Syrian Army and Mujahideen Army clashed ISIS fighters on the outskirts of Haritan, Andan and on several fronts of Aleppo province. The FSA captured the village of Great Orme in Aleppo province. A car bomb exploded near checkpoint manned by Muhajirin Army fighters near Owejel west of Aleppo. Violent clashes took place between the Islamic Front and regime forces in Sheikh Saeed. 20 pro-Assad fighters were killed in an ambush set up by the Islamic Front fighters in the district. (Source: Syrian Coalition + LCC)
United States: Assad is not a potential partner in the fight against terrorism.
US State Department Concerned Syrian Opposition might boycott Geneva II.
OPCW: Deadline for removing Syria’s chemical weapons will not be met.
Preserving independence and national sovereignty and maintaining the Syrian people's unity within the same Syrian soil is one of the critical pillars of the Syrian Coalition. The Coalition aims to overthrow the Assad regime along with all its symbols and pillars. It also aims to dismantle its security apparatus and hold accountable those involved in crimes against Syrians. In addition, it seeks to achieve a transition to a pluralistic, democratic and civil Syria.