The Syrian Opposition Coalition’s General Assembly concluded its 51st meeting on Sunday as its members discussed Russia and China’s repeated use of veto against the interest of the Syrian people. The latest of such use was against a draft resolution Belgium and Germany submitted to the UN Security Council to extend the cross-border delivery of humanitarian aid.
Members of the General Assembly stressed that such use of the veto power underscored the United Nations’ need for radical reform, including preventing states like Russia from shackling the UN Security Council and undermining its ability to take substantive resolutions for the benefit of the lives of millions of people.
They added that the UN Security Council today is unable to pass a resolution ensuring the delivery of humanitarian aid to civilians who are in desperate need of assistance after ten years of atrocious crimes that have been committed by the Assad regime, Russia, Iranian sectarian militias, PYD militias, ISIS, and Al-Qaeda.
Members of the Assembly stressed that the delivery of humanitarian aid to the liberated areas through Bab al-Hawa border crossing only will not be sufficient as millions of Syrian civilians will be denied the necessary aid they desperately need, especially in light of the recent detection of the first coronavirus case in those areas.
Moreover, they discussed the measures the Syrian Interim Government are taking to contain the coronavirus. They urged the United Nations and international organizations to shoulder their responsibilities in providing urgent assistance to SIG’s Ministry of Health.
During the second day of the GA meeting, members reviewed the reports submitted by the departments and committees, including the report by the Al-Jazeera and the Euphrates Committee, the Military Liaison Committee, the Strategic Consulting Office, the Syrian Negotiations Commission, and the Syrian Interim Government.
The 51st General Assembly meeting began on Saturday. It elected Nasr Al-Hariri as new SOC president to succeed Anas Abdah. Oqab Yahya, Abdul Hakim Bashar, and Ruba Habbush were elected as vice-presidents, while Abdelbaset Abdullatif was elected as Secretary-General. The Assembly also elected 19 new members for the political committee. (Source: SOC’s Media Department)