A delegation from the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC) headed by President Nasr Al-Hariri, visited the Mari Center of Research and Studies in the town of Azaz in rural Aleppo.
The delegation comprised SOC’s Vice-president Ruba Habboush, Secretary-General Abdelbaset Abdullatif, Secretary of the political committee Riyad al-Hassan, member of the political committee Bahjat Atassi, and members of the General Assembly Ahmed Tomeh.
Al-Hariri gave on overview on the latest developments in the political process and the stages it went through, leading to the fifth and final session of the Constitutional Committee.
Al-Hariri reaffirmed the SOC’s commitment to the aspirations of the Syrian people for freedom and dignity as well as the implementation of UN resolutions, most importantly the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN Resolutions 2118 and 2254 calling for the formation of a transitional governing body with full executive powers.
Moreover, he indicated that the political process has reached a dead-end, stressing the need to resort to Article 21 of UN Resolution 2118 in order to ensure the implementation of the political solution, which is related to imposing practical measures against the regime under Chapter VII of the UN Charter.
He criticized the lukewarm stance of the international community in Syria, calling for adopting a new strategy that includes putting an end to the Assad regime’s crimes and ensuring the release of detainees.
Al-Hariri made it clear that under the authoritarian rule of the Assad family, Syria did not see any free elections, but farcical referendums, adding that Assad’s rule has been based on terrorizing and suppressing the people. He pointed out that any electoral farce the regime is intending to hold will be null and void in the eyes of the Syrian people, let alone they will not have any legal or political effect.
Al-Hariri went on: “The war crimes that the Assad regime has been committing over the past ten years do not qualify it except for a fair trial, in which war criminals will undoubtedly receive a fair punishment sooner or later. (Source: SOC’s Media Department)