A delegation from the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC) headed by SOC’s President Nasr al-Hariri, Secretary-General Abdelbaset Abdullatif and members of the political committee and General Assembly participated in the Conference on Tribal Unity in rural Aleppo. Participants also included Head of the Syrian Interim Government Abdulrahman Mustafa and a delegation of the Syrian Negotiations Commission represented by Badr Jamous.
Under the slogan ‘Our strength is in our unity,’ the Syrian Tribal Council held its fourth conference in the liberated areas with the participation of the various Syrian tribes, political and military personalities, and representatives of civil society organizations.
Participants expressed their outright rejection of the Assad regime’s sham elections, stressing that they violate the right of the Syrian people to freely choose their leadership. They also stressed that Assad has no right to participate in any elections, and that free and fair elections cannot be held in Syria before reaching a political transition and the drafting of a new constitution in accordance with UN resolutions.
The Council called on the international community to rein in the murderous regime and refer Assad to the International Criminal Court for the atrocities it is committing against the Syrian people.
Participants also denounced the practices of the PYD militia against the people in east of the Euphrates region. They also condemned Iran’s crimes and its pursuit of demographic change in Syria, as well as Russia’s role in targeting the security and stability of the liberated areas.
Moreover, participants put forward proposals highlighting the importance of the role of Syrian tribes in the revolution and the sacrifices they are making in confronting the Assad regime and terrorist militias from Iran, ISIS and PYD. They also stressed their role in confronting demographic change and in Syria’s political and social future.
Participants issued a final communique emphasizing the importance of the unity of the Syrian tribes, be they Arabs, Kurds and Turkomen, Muslims and Christians. They commended the Syrian tribes standing as a bulwark against the Assad regime’s efforts to undermine their social structure and as well as in the face of terrorist and separatist militias. (Source: SOC’s Media Department)