The Syrian-Turkish Joint Committee organized a consultative meeting between President of the Syrian Opposition Coalition, Nasr Al-Hariri, and Syrian journalists focusing on the situation of Syrian refugees in Turkey.
The meeting brought together SOC’s Vice-president Ruba Habboush, Secretary-General Abdul Basit Abdul Latif, member of the political committee, Muhammed Yahya Maktabi, and Coordinator of the Syrian-Turkish Joint Committee, Ahmed Bakkoura.
Participants, which included around 75 Syrian journalists, began the meeting with observing minute of silence for victims of the chemical attack the Assad regime carried against eastern Ghouta on August 21, 2013
They discussed the challenges facing Syrian refugees in Turkey as they stressed the need to coordinate efforts and develop communication. They put forward a set of recommendations and proposals to support the work of the Syrian-Turkish Joint Committee and improve its services.
SOC’s president talked about the reality of the Syrian refugees in Turkey, pointing out that the main task of the Syrian-Turkish Joint Committee is to serve Syrian refugees in Turkey, who number about four million.
He added that the SOC is sparing no effort so help Syrian refugees solve the problems they are facing in cooperation with the Turkish authorities. He commended the Turkish authorities’ demonstration of coordination and readiness to solve all problems.
Al-Hariri gave on overview on the political process, especially the Syrian Constitutional Committee. He pointed out that representatives of the Syrian Negotiations Commission in the Constitutional Committee went well prepared to Geneva as they prepared the documents needed to complete the constitutional process.
He stressed the need for the full implementation of UN resolution 2254 in order to reach a genuine political solution in Syria. He reiterated that the Constitutional Committee cannot be a substitute for UN Resolution 2254, but a gateway to start implementing UN resolution 2254 with all its provisions.
Al-Hariri made it clear that the Assad regime refused to go ahead with the constitutional process which stopped for nearly nine months. He stressed that the regime has not given up its dream of a military solution, nor is it serious about the political process in general and the constitutional committee in particular.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)