The Syrian Opposition Coalition’s (SOC) political committee held its periodic meeting in the presence of members of the General Assembly, SOC’s representatives in Arab and foreign states, and a delegation from the Syrian American Council headed by Zaki al-Lababidi.
SOC’s President Nasr Hariri gave an extensive overview on the activities he carried out with the SOC’s members in the liberated areas over the past week. These included participation in the meetings held by the Syrian Tribal Council, the Youth Forum, the Women’s Forum, the Syrian National Army, and in the protests against the elections farce held by the Assad regime.
Participants stressed that the elections held by the regime were illegitimate due to their lack of any national or international legal basis. They called on the international community to assume a serious stance against these elections and to stress their rejection of these elections in view of their violation of UN Security Council resolutions.
Participants sent letters of thanks to all the states that announced that they did not recognize the regime’s elections as they denounced the positions of some other states that congratulated the criminal regime, chief among them is Russia. They stressed that Russia is a partner in all crimes against the Syrian people as it was the first reason behind preventing the UN from condemning this regime and holding it accountable for its crimes.
The political committee strongly condemned the decision by the World Health Organization to elect the Assad regime to its Executive Board, citing the Assad regime’s destruction of the majority of medical centers and its killing hundreds of medical personnel in Syria. It also described the move as a scandal that exposed the WHO’s institutional, procedural and organizational corruption. They called on the United Nations and the World Health Organization to launch an investigation into the decision.
Al-Lababidi talked about the political solution and its foundations in Syria, stressing the need to combine the efforts of all Syrians at home and abroad in order to outline common lines of action for all.
He pointed out that the first of these points is achieving political stability that begins with the formation of a transitional government without Bashar al-Assad and his clique. The second is security that creates a safe and neutral environment, and economic stability that saves the country from total collapse. The third is achieving transitional justice which is an essential part of the solution and key to ensuring accountability. The last point is ensuring the voluntary, dignified and safe return of all Syrians. (Source: SOC’s Media Department)