The Syrian Opposition Coalition’s (SOC) Department of Foreign Relations held a virtual meeting with the Dutch Syria Team to discuss the latest developments in Syria.
The meeting brought together Coordinator of the Department Abdulahad Asteipho, member of the Department Dima Moussa, and members of the Dutch Syria Team Robert Feller and Yildirim Aydin.
Asteipho gave an overview on the dire humanitarian conditions in the liberated areas as he stressed the urgent need to step up humanitarian aid for the civilian population, especially in light of the coronavirus outbreak.
He also raised the issue of the border crossings, stressing the need to extend the mandate for cross-border delivery of humanitarian aid and to find alternative mechanisms.
Moreover, Asteipho talked about the elections farce that the Assad regime intends to hold later this month, stressing that the head of the regime and its symbols deserve to be prosecuted for committing the most heinous crimes against the Syrian people. He made it clear that this requires the United Nations to reconsider its positions and inaction towards the Assad regime which continues to show utter disregard for UN resolutions.
Moussa also talked about the latest rounds of talks in Geneva, the Assad regime’s obstructionism, the latest developments in the work of the Constitutional Committee, and where the political process stands at the moment.
The two sides also discussed the conditions of Syrian refugees in the European Union countries, especially the need to persuade Denmark to reverse its decision to revoke residence permits of hundreds of Syrian refugees. The Dutch diplomats emphasized that the Danish latest decisions are inconsistent with the policy of the Netherlands. (Source: SOC’s Media Department)