A delegation of the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC) met with the Greek mission to the United Nations on the sidelines of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly. The two sides discussed the issue of Syrian asylum seekers trapped in Greece, and the latest developments on the ground and in the political process in Syria and the Assad regime’s disruption of the process.
The meeting took place at the headquarters of the Greek mission in New York. It brought together SOC’s Vice-President Abdulahad Asteifo, Secretary of the political committee Abdel Majid Barakat, Political Director at the Greek Foreign Ministry Haris Lalacos and members of the Greek mission.
The two sides thoroughly discussed the conditions of the Syrian asylum seekers in Greece and the need to follow their conditions and solve their problems, especially as they aim to reach Western Europe, their original destination, in search of safety and stability.
The two sides also stressed that the refugee issue is affected by political tensions, which was reflected on the situation of the refugees and increased their suffering. They stressed the need for the international community to contribute to solving this issue and not leaving it on the shoulders of Turkey and Greece only.
They talked about the situation in the liberated areas and the work of the SOC’s institutions to provide security and stability.
Asteifou stressed that the political process is still stalled due to the Assad regime and its allies’ obstructionism. He also stressed that there is nothing new in the political solution or on the part of the UN envoy Geir Pedersen, stressing also the importance of focusing on the UN resolution on the extension of the authorization for the cross-border delivery of humanitarian aid.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)