President of the Syrian Negotiations Commission, Badr Jamous, gave a briefing to the General Assembly of the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC) at its 63rd regular meeting which began on Thursday. He spoke about the work of the Commission, its meetings and efforts to open all tracks of the political process in order to reach a genuine political transition that begins with the formation of a transitional governing body as stipulated in UN resolutions on Syria.
Jamous criticized the lukewarm positions of states towards the crimes that the Assad regime and its backers continue to commit against civilians in Syria. He stressed the importance of strengthening relations with sisterly and friendly states, ensuring that they re-engage in Syria, and preventing any attempt to normalize relations with the Assad regime or rehabilitate it.
Jamous talked about his meeting with the UN envoy to Syria, Geir Pedersen, making it clear that there was nothing new about the Assad regime’s refusal to commit to the political process and participate in the work of the Constitutional Committee.
He added that Geneva will remain the Commission’s option to hold the sessions of the Constitutional Committee and negotiations, stressing that the Commission will not accept moving negotiations to any other venue. He also said that the Assad regime has become a tool in the hands of Russia, and does not take into account the suffering of the Syrian people.
Jamous pointed out that the Commission is seeking to explain the meaning of a “safe and neutral environment’ stipulated in UN Resolution 2254, stressing that providing this environment means ensuring the security and safety of Syrians, which is unattainable in the presence of the Assad regime and its security services.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)