The Syrian Opposition Coalition’s (SOC) political committee held a regular meeting and discussed many political, field and international issues, and their impact on Syria.
The political committee discussed the revitalization of the internal committees and the completion of their members, in addition to the conditions of Syrian refugees and ways to improve them.
The political committee also discussed the major developments in the Astana talks and the Constitutional Committee.
Secretary of the committee, Abdul Majeed Barakat, said that the meeting focused on the organizational issues related to giving an executive nature to the decisions of the General Assembly in its last session, especially those related to the revitalization of a number of the SOC’s offices, departments and committees.
Barakat pointed out that the political committee thoroughly discussed the political processes, especially the latest Astana talks and the Constitutional Committee.
He pointed out that the SOC expressed its outright rejection of Russia’s proposal to move the negotiations from Geneva, stressing that the venue of the negotiations is a cornerstone of the political process. He also stressed the need to preserve all pillars of this process in order to reach a political solution that meets the aspirations of the Syrian people for freedom, dignity and democracy.
Barakat added that the political committee reviewed the latest field conditions, stressing the need for a ceasefire and an end to the violations being carried out by the Assad regime and its allies and the PYD terrorist militia.
Barakat indicated that the political committee also discussed the importance of continuing international pressure on the Assad regime to ensure the release of detainees and the disclosure of the fate of the forcibly disappeared. He stressed that this issue must not be used as a bargaining chip.
SOC’s Vice-President, Ruba Habboush, said that the attempts by some countries and organizations to rehabilitate the criminal regime or normalize relations with it represent an affront to humanity and the value of justice that all the peoples of the free world aspire to.
For his part, Co-chair of the Constitutional Committee, Hadi al-Bahra, spoke about the Assad regime’s obstructionism of the political process since its launch in 2011, starting with the Arab League initiative, the joint initiative of the United Nations and the Arab League, and Geneva and other processes. He stressed that the Assad regime is still delusional about the possibility of a military solution.
Al-Bahra added that it is not possible to get out of this impasse without serious measures from the international community to implement UN Security Council resolutions on Syria, especially resolutions 2118 and 2254.
(Source: SOC’s media department)