The Syrian Coalition’s General Assembly began its 20th regular meeting in Istanbul, where they discussed the field situation in Syria, the implications of the regime’s latest chemical attack on Sarmin, and the new international initiatives put forward on Syria, including the upcoming Cairo and Moscow meetings scheduled to be held next month.
The conferees also reviewed reports submitted by the presidential body, the Interim Ministry of Defense and the FSA’s General Staff and the recommendations of the political committee. Among the topics that are going to be discussed during the next two days of the meeting are the presidential body’s recent foreign tours, the general situation in northeastern Syria and the challenges facing the revolution as it enters its fifth year.
President Khoja said that the “freeze” plan of the UN envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura has failed, and that now he is preparing a new plan to reach a political solution to the conflict.
Members of the Syrian Coalition expressed surprise at the remarks made by US Secretary of State John Kerry on the need to engage Assad in the negotiations and at Obama administration’s tentative positions on what is happening in Syria.
The Syrian Coalition reaffirmed commitment to the fundamentals of the revolution and to the Geneva declaration as the basis for a political solution in Syria. (Source: Syrian Coalition)