The joint delegation of the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC) and the Syrian Negotiations Commission (SNC) to the United States met the Danish mission to the United Nations on the sidelines of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly. The two sides discussed the latest developments on the ground and in the political process in Syria.
The meeting brought together SOC’s President Salem al-Meslet, Vice-president Abdulahad Asteifou, member of the political committee and Head of the SNC’s Foreign Relations Office Badr Jamous, SOC’s member Dima Moussa, and Deputy Secretary-General for Foreign Affairs at the Danish mission Christina Markus Lassen.
The joint delegation gave an overview on the situation in Syria, especially the continued ground and air bombardment by the Assad regime and its backers on the liberated areas in violation of the ‘de-escalation zones’ agreement.
The joint delegation stressed the need to provide political support to the Syrian people in order to achieve a political transition in accordance with UN resolutions, most importantly the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN Resolutions 2118 and 2254.
The delegation stressed that humanitarian aid alone cannot solve the humanitarian catastrophe that has afflicted the Syrian people for a decade due to the Assad regime’s crimes and policies aimed at mass forced displacement and causing demographic change.
The joint delegation warned of the danger of the steps recently taken by some countries to normalize ties with the Assad regime. They stressed that allowing the rehabilitation of the Assad regime is an immoral act and that everyone who accepts it is a partner in the regime’s crimes. They called for international cooperation to support accountability for the regime and its symbols and to take serious action to achieve political transition in Syria.
For her part, Lassen stressed that the Syrian crisis can only be resolved by implementing UN resolutions, especially UN resolution 2254 and the parties’ engagement in a real political process. She expressed her hope that an agreement will be reached on holding a new session of the Constitutional Committee.
Lassen pointed out that Denmark has provided constant humanitarian support to the Syrian people and continues to support their rights and demands.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)