Vice President of the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC), Dima Moussa, convened a meeting on Wednesday with Syrian journalists, both in person and virtually. In attendance were also Abdulahad Astepho, the coordinator of the Department of Foreign Relations, and Abdullah Kaddo, a member of the political committee.
Moussa provided insights into the latest developments in the political process, the impact of reduced humanitarian aid to Syria, and the outcomes of recent SOC engagements with Syrian entities, institutions, and organizations. She also discussed the regional and international meetings and activities conducted by the SOC.
Emphasizing the SOC’s commitment to a political solution in line with UN resolutions, particularly UN Security Council Resolutions 2118 and 2254, Moussa criticized the international community’s handling of the Syrian crisis. She pointed out the failure to fulfill responsibilities for revitalizing the political process and implementing relevant UN resolutions, cautioning against allowing the Assad regime to manipulate the political process.
Moussa outlined the presentation of serious proposals to the UN envoy and influential countries in Syria for a new and comprehensive approach to the political process, aiming to implement UN Resolution 2254. This approach seeks a comprehensive solution aligned with the aspirations of the Syrian people, ensuring self-determination in a state that upholds rights, freedoms, democracy, and equal citizenship.
Addressing the humanitarian crisis, Moussa stressed the need to address political roots rather than relying solely on humanitarian solutions. She warned of a potential humanitarian catastrophe in Syria, particularly during winter, due to the reduction in aid caused by the multiplicity of regional and international crises.
Moussa highlighted continuous SOC communication with donor countries and international organizations involved in humanitarian aid, advocating for sustained aid levels. She underscored the importance of supporting internally displaced persons and refugees, enhancing their productive capabilities, and bolstering the institutions of the revolution and opposition forces to foster progress in northern Syria and dissuade migration.
Touching on the Assad regime’s involvement in the drug trade internally and externally, Moussa emphasized its use as a leverage tool with regional countries to disrupt the political process.
Moussa concluded by outlining the SOC’s ambitious plan in the liberated areas, emphasizing the focus on security, stability, and creating an environment conducive to improving living and economic conditions. The plan also aims to ensure social, educational, health, and cultural rights, promoting resilience among the region’s people and encouraging the return of refugees through collaboration between the SOC, its institutions, and active organizations in the region.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)