The Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC) political committee held its periodic meeting to discuss the latest on the ground and political developments in Syria. The meeting was chaired by SOC’s President Salem Al-Meslet.
The committee discussed the so-called “step by step” approach of the UN envoy to Syria, Geir Pedersen. It stressed that this approach will fall short of serving the political solution for which the UN envoy was mandated to facilitate. Rather, this approach will derail the political process, thus serving the Assad regime’s and helping rehabilitate it. The committee also stressed the need for the UN envoy to abide by his mandate for facilitating negotiations to reach a political solution in accordance with UN resolutions, notably the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN resolution 2254.
Participants in the meeting discussed the remarks that President of the Kurdish National Council, Saud Mulla, has recently made. Representatives of the Council in the SOC made it clear that these remarks do not reflect the true policies and positions of the Council, which issued a statement reaffirming its commitment to its positions and visions for solution in Syria. The statement stressed that the Council is a partner in national action with the forces of the Syrian revolution and the opposition as well as as an essential component of the SOC.
Al-Meslet gave an overview on the results of the tour he has recently made to the liberated areas along with a delegation that comprised SOC’s Vice-president Ruba Habboush and a number of SOC’s members. The delegation met representatives of civil and revolutionary bodies, commanders of the Syrian National Army, the Syrian Tribal Council, and executive and services institutions in the Aleppo and Hasaka provinces.
Habboush spoke about her participation in the training course which was organized by Women for Peace on “Violence against Women in Politics and its Legal Mechanisms” on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. She also talked about the political training course which was organized by the Syrian Women’s Commission for female activists in Gaziantep.
Secretary of the political committee, Abdul Majeed Barakat, gave an overview on the report of the previous meeting and its follow-up. Participants discussed the major weekly political developments at the international and regional levels.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)