President of the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC), Nasr Al-Hariri, held a virtual meeting with Qatar’s envoy to the United Nations Alya Bint Ahmed Al Thani and discussed with her the latest developments in Syria on the sidelines of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly.
The meeting brought together Syria’s ambassador to Qatar Nizar Al-Hiraki, SOC’s representative to the United States Qutaiba Idilbi, and SOC’s representative to the United Nations, Maryam Jalabi.
Al-Hariri talked about the results of the work of the Constitutional Committee one year after its formation, noting that the Syrian people hoped that this Committee would be the real gateway to a political process leading to the full implementation of UN resolution 2254.
Al-Hariri pointed out that the Assad regime continues to commit crimes and atrocities against Syrian civilians, including arrests and enforced disappearance despite the deteriorating health situation due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. He made it clear that the Assad regime has so far failed to contain the pandemic and refuses to disclose the real numbers of infections.
Moreover, Al-Hariri talked about the PYD militia’s violations in northeastern Syria, stressing that any solution to the region must ensure an end to the presence of the PKK terrorist group in Syria and confronting the threat it poses to the future of Syria and the unity of the Syrian people.
Al-Hariri highlighted the critical humanitarian situation of Syrian prisoners in Roumieh Prison in Lebanon, citing reports of a major outbreak of the coronavirus inside the facility. He said that the Syrian inmates were arbitrarily arrested due to their activity in the Syrian revolution as he requested Qatar’s support and assistance to ensure their release.
He also talked about the situation of Syrian refugees in Iraq, Somalia and Greece, noting that Syrian asylum seekers in Greece are being subjected to racist attacks that left thousands without shelter. He called for assisting them to reach the countries they want.
Al-Hariri stressed the need for the UN to show more firmness in enforcing its resolutions, especially resolution 2254 and to start implementing confidence-building measures by ensuring the release of detainees held by the Assad regime.
He also called for using the Uniting for Peace principle to avoid the Russian veto and prevent Russia from blocking action at the UN Security Council. He stressed the need to expel the Assad regime’s representative, Bashar al-Jaafari, from the UN Security Council as the regime is responsible for the death of hundreds of thousands of Syrians and the displacement of millions more. (Source: SOC’s Media Department)