The political committee of the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC) on Sunday convened for its periodic meeting to address the latest developments in the field and the political situation. The committee particularly focused on the ongoing efforts by the Assad regime to legalize the demographic change it has been striving to achieve in Syria since the onset of the Syrian revolution.
During the meeting, the committee extensively discussed the proposed amendments that the Assad regime aims to introduce to the Civil Status Law and the Civil Registry. These amendments, if implemented, pose a grave danger to Syria as they are specifically designed to sanction the demographic change sought by the regime through the naturalization of allied sectarian foreign militiamen.
Bahjat Hajjar, the Director of the Local Councils Support Unit, provided the political committee with a comprehensive briefing on the “Madaniya” conference held in Paris last month. Hajjar clarified that the primary objective of the conference was not to establish entities that would rival the existing bodies representing the revolutionary forces and the official political opposition.
He emphasized that the final communique of the conference aligns with the fundamental demands of the official opposition bodies, notably the implementation of UN resolution 2254 and the voluntary and safe repatriation of refugees.
Furthermore, Hajjar shed light on the Seventh Brussels Conference, conveying the pledges made by donors and the assurances provided by the European Union, Britain, and the United States during the conference. These pledges explicitly reject any form of normalization with the Assad regime.
The committee also received a report from the SOC’s Office of Studies and Documents on the Seventh Brussels Conference. The report underscored the significance of this conference compared to its predecessors, highlighting key positions expressed by the participants. Additionally, the report addressed the amount of pledged donations and their potential to meet the pressing humanitarian needs in Syria.
Moreover, the committee examined a comprehensive study concerning the establishment of an independent institution by the United Nations to address the issue of missing persons in Syria. The United Nations General Assembly approved this initiative on June 29, with the objective of elucidating the fate and whereabouts of the missing individuals in Syria. Furthermore, the institution aims to provide substantial support to the victims, survivors, and families affected by this issue.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)