The Syrian Opposition Coalition’s (SOC) political committee on Thursday held its regular meeting and focused on the military developments in Idlib and the violations taking place against Syrian refugees on the Turkish-Greek border.
The Military Liaison Office began the meeting by reviewing the military situation and the losses that Russia, the Iranian militias, and Assad regime forces have suffered since the start of Operation Spring Shield. It pointed out that the morale of the Syrian National Army fighters is high thanks to the air support the Turkish army is providing.
SOC President, Anas Abdah, gave an overview on the results of his meeting with the US special envoy to Syria, Ambassador James Jeffrey on Thursday morning. He said they talked about the establishment of a safe zone in northwestern Syria to protect civilians from the ongoing Russian aggression as well as the need to support Operation Spring Shield and the political and relief efforts.
President Abdah explained that the meeting was very important as both sides reached understandings on many issues in the field and political files. He said: “The implementation of these understandings would make a difference in the course of the Syrian revolution in terms of the ceasefire and serious engagement in the political process for the full implementation of UN Resolution 2254.”
For his part, Co-chair of the Constitutional Committee, Hadi Al-Bahra, gave a briefing on his meeting with the UN Special Envoy to Syria, Geir Pedersen who presented the regime’s proposal for the agenda of the third round of the talks of the Constitutional Committee.
Al-Bahra pointed out that the regime still refuses to engage seriously in the political process and continues to submit proposals for an agenda that fall outside the framework of the mandate and powers of the Constitutional Committee as they were laid out by the UN Secretary-General.
Then political committee discussed the situation of the Syrian refugees on the Turkish-Greek border after the visit made by the Coordinator of the SOC’s Office of Refugees Affairs Amal Sheikhou to the Turkish border province of Edirne. Members of the committee strongly condemned the violations taking place against asylum seekers at the hands of the Greek authorities. They called on the UNHCR Office to assume its responsibilities and urgently intervene to stop these violations. (Source: SOC’s Media Department)