President of the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC), Nasr Al-Hariri, briefed the SOC’s General Assembly on the latest developments in Syria and the SOC’s activities in recent months.
Al-Hariri pointed to increasing challenges in the liberated areas, especially the coronavirus outbreak, adding that the Syrian Interim Government continues to take preventive measures to confront the virus and secure vaccines for people in the liberated areas.
He pointed out that the Assad regime and its backers continue to commit violations and crimes against civilians in the liberated areas, pointing also to the increase in terrorist bombings targeting civilians. He stressed that all these violations must be met with firm international positions.
Al-Hariri highlighted the suffering of civilians in the regime-held areas due to the rampant corruption in the regime’s institutions and the terrorist militias’ takeover of Syria’s major assets, especially the Iranian militias.
Moreover, Al-Hariri praised the work of the SOC’s departments, offices and committees, stressing the importance of following up and seeking to improve the reality of the Syrian people and serve their cause.
He also talked about the course of the political process, especially the work of the Constitutional Committee. He gave an overview on the Constitutional Working Group, stressing that there is important, continuous work to develop papers and drafts to support the work of the Syrian Negotiating Commission’s team in the Constitutional Committee.
Al-Hariri expressed his hope that the Constitutional Committee will be able to discuss the constitutional provisions during the upcoming round, stressing that the SOC does not expect any developments as the Assad regime will not change its tactics and attempts to disrupt the work of the Committee.
Al-Hariri underscored the importance of our team being fully prepared and ready in all organizational and institutional aspects to engage in these political processes.
He stressed the need for real changes in the working mechanism of the Constitutional Committee in a way that guarantees drafting a constitution in accordance with UN Resolution 2254 and according to a reasonable timetable.
Al-Hariri added that the SOC called on the United Nations and the major players in Syria to immediately start with the rest of the baskets and to start their work in parallel with the work of the Constitutional Committee. He also stressed that the Constitutional Committee alone cannot provide a solution, pointing to the need for the establishment of a transitional governing body.
He also talked about expectations about the possible leverage of the upcoming US administration on Syria, stressing the need for the US to play its role towards stopping the carnage in Syria and putting pressure on the regime and its backers to force them to comply with UN resolutions. (Source: SOC’s Media Department)