Thursday, 20 February 2020 19:29

Political Committee Discusses Grave Situation in Idlib; Says Int’l Silence is ‘Complicity’


The Syrian National Coalition’s political committee held its regular meeting on Thursday and focused on the latest developments in Idlib and rural Aleppo as well as on the crimes the Russian occupation, Iranian militias, and regime forces are committing against civilians.

Members of the committee talked via a video link with the Council of Ministers of the Syrian Interim Government (SIG). Head of SIG Abdurrahman Mustafa gave an overview on SIG’s work in the liberated areas, especially with regards to the provision of support to the displaced people.

The Minister of Defense and members of the Military Liaison Office presented military maps and talked about the situation on the ground and the readiness of the fighters on the battle fronts. They stressed that the morale of the Syrian National Army fighters is high and that they are determined to fend off the Russian attacks and defend their land and people.

They pointed to the existence of effective coordination with the Turkish side regarding military planning and the management of battles on the ground.

President of the Coalition, Anas Abdah, briefed the meeting on the results of the talks with the friendly and sisterly states as well as the talks and the coordination with the Turkish side on the grave situation in Idlib and rural Aleppo. He stressed that the international community’s failure to assume its legal duties with regards to implementing international resolutions and protecting civilians is unprecedented. He added: "We are not talking about promises, but about international resolutions that the UN Security Council already adopted. We are facing a dangerous situation that can only be described as complicity.”

He stressed that the Syrian people and the Turkish side are in one trench as the SNA fighters and the Turkish army are fighting side by side against the blatant attacks targeting civilians. He stressed that "we have no choice but to hold our ground.”

The Department of Foreign Relations gave an overview of its activities to send documents on the war crimes being committed by Russia, the Assad regime, and Iran against civilians to states, organizations, and international legal bodies, particularly the ongoing onslaught on Idlib and rural Aleppo.

The Department of Refugees and Displaced Persons Affairs also provided an explanation of the situation of the internally displaced people, the locations of their distribution, and their urgent needs. It also talked about the results of the recent correspondence and meetings with the donors who are directly involved in providing support to the displaced people.

Members of the political committee also discussed the UN Security Council meeting that took place yesterday and Russia's refusal to adopt a resolution calling for a ceasefire in Idlib. They also discussed the briefing that was delivered by the UN special envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen to the Council. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)


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