President of the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC), Hadi Al-Bahra, delivered a comprehensive briefing on the latest political and on-the-ground developments in Syria at the onset of the 69th meeting of the General Assembly held at the office of the Syrian Interim Government in Aleppo province on Thursday.
Al-Bahra provided an overview of the recent political developments in Syria, emphasizing the need to elevate Syria’s priority on the international stage, particularly among influential countries dealing with the crisis. He stressed the importance of pursuing policies that lead to a political solution in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 2254. Al-Bahra expressed concern that the current crisis management policies might lead to increased suffering for Syrians and neglect of their aspirations.
Addressing the peaceful uprising in Suwayda province demanding a political solution, Al-Bahra highlighted the urgency of breaking the political deadlock. He emphasized that a prolonged deadlock would exacerbate the economic crisis, erode state institutions, and result in the loss of human resources.
Al-Bahra outlined the necessity of strengthening the legitimacy of the SOC through its presence in liberated areas, allowing the Syrian interim government to provide services, achieve security and stability, stimulate the economy, create job opportunities, and establish a fair and independent judiciary.
The president of the SOC discussed his recent visits to various areas in northern Syria, where he assessed the services provided by local councils and addressed ways to overcome challenges. He underscored the core demand in these meetings—to establish security, reduce chaos, and institute a central authority in liberated areas.
Touching on the people of Suwayda responding to normalization attempts with the Assad regime, Al-Bahra mentioned their shift in demands towards overthrowing the regime and achieving a political transition in line with UN Resolution 2254.
Al-Bahra also addressed the conditions of internally displaced people and refugees, emphasizing the need to create favorable conditions for their return in the liberated areas. He spoke about recent meetings with international officials, discussing ways to prioritize the Syrian crisis among major state actors.
Finally, Al-Bahra reiterated the issue of detainees in all meetings with international bodies, urging serious pressure on the Assad regime’s allies to release political detainees. He expressed admiration for the Syrian people’s steadfastness and determination in pursuing their legitimate demands for freedom, justice, and law, despite facing formidable challenges for over 12 years.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)