The Syrian Opposition Coalition’s (SOC) office in rural Aleppo held a virtual meeting with media activists based in the liberated areas and discussed with them the latest developments in Syria.
The meeting brought together SOC’s President Nasr Al-Hariri, Secretary-General Abdelbaset Abdullatif, Director of the SOC’s Office in rural Aleppo Ahmed Al-Shehadi, and member of the General Assembly Najib Rahmoun.
Al-Hariri talked about the SOC’s activities in the liberated areas, making it clear that the SOC is currently seeking to ramp up its activities in those areas and work with the executive institutions and the local population so as to achieve integration between political and executive work.
Al-Hariri pointed out that the SOC is undertaking real, functional and structural reforms in all areas and at all levels, including reforms to the SOC’s departments and committees with the aim of serving the interests of the Syrian people and revolution.
Moreover, Al-Hariri talked about the situation in the liberated areas in northwestern Syria that are covered by the “de-escalation zone” agreement, pointing out that the Assad regime persists with its strategy and its pursuit of a military solution.
He indicated that a new round of the Astana talks is set to be held in the next few days, adding that the upcoming round will focus on the situation in Idlib. He reasserted the position of the SOC, the Syrian Interim Government, and the Syrian National Army, in partnership with the Turkish Armed Forces, which is to continue to defend the region against the Assad regime and its backers as well as to defend civilians and secure their essential needs, especially in light of the interruption of UN relief aid.
Al-Hariri gave an overview on the SOC’s vision of the political process and the results of the fifth session of the Constitutional Committee. He lamented the lack of progress after almost a year and a half of the launch of the work of the Committee. He stressed that the Assad regime bears full responsibility for the stalled talks as it still refuses to seriously engage in negotiations, adding that the Assad regime is being buoyed by the Russian support and the absence international will.
Al-Hariri indicated that the SOC is seeking other options in order to reach a political solution in accordance with the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN resolutions 2118 and 2254.
The Assad regime is focusing on holding illegal elections in violation of international resolutions, stressing the need for the international community to collectively confront these farcical elections; declare its outright rejection of these elections, and force the Assad regime to fully implement the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN resolutions, especially resolutions 2118 and 2254. (Source: SOC’s Media Department)