The Syrian Opposition Coalition’s (SOC) political committee held its periodic meeting under the chairmanship of SOC’s President Nasr Al-Hariri to discuss the latest developments in Syria.
The committee discussed the US decision to extend national emergency with regard to the sanctions imposed on the Assad regime, stressing that it came at an important time. It said that the decision renewed the United States’ commitment to its stance towards the Assad regime as a source of terrorism, a threat to the US national security, economy and foreign policies, and a source of chaos and instability.
Participants also discussed the brutal actions of the Israeli occupation forces and their storming of the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque and the attacks on worshipers. The committee condemned the illegal measures the Israeli occupation authorities are taking against residents of Al-Quds, stressing that they stand by the Palestinian people in confronting the evictions and attempts to end the Arab presence in the city, especially in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.
The committee also welcomed the recent statement by the G7 countries which reaffirmed their commitment to political solution in Syria, implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2254, and linking contribution to reconstruction to political transition.
SOC’s VP Abdul Hakim Bashar gave an overview on the latest developments in the intra-Kurdish dialogue, indicating that it had reached a dead end. He stressed that the Kurdish National Council is still committed to the implementation of the five points before entering into any negotiations.
Second VP Oqab Yahya briefed the committee about the results of the work of the Committee for National Dialog, which held a number of meetings with political currents representing components of the Syrian people. The political currents expressed their outright rejection of the elections farce that the Assad regime intends to hold.
Moreover, the committee discussed the conditions in the liberated areas as it reviewed the report by the Assistance Coordination Unit on the humanitarian situation in the IDP camps in northwestern Syria.
It also discussed the report by the Syrian Negotiation Commission on the meeting it held last week, which focused on the work of the Constitutional Committee, the regime’s disruption of its work, and the possibility of holding a sixth round.
The Commission stressed the need for returning to the implementation of UN Resolution 2254 in line with the order its provisions were laid out, beginning with the formation of the transitional governing body, establishing a safe and neutral environment, and drafting a new constitution according to which free and fair elections will be held under the supervision of the United Nations. (Source: SOC’s Media Department)