The delegation of the Syrian Negotiations Commission held several important meetings with European officials in New York on Wednesday on the sidelines of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly and discussed with them the latest political and field developments in Syria.
At a meeting with members of the Danish Parliament, Head of the Commission Nasr Al-Hariri gave a detailed overview of the Commission’s vision for a political solution in Syria. He stressed that the Commission is seeking a solution that honors the Syrian people’s aspirations for building a democratic society ensuring freedom and dignity for all citizens after the elimination of authoritarian dictatorship.
Hariri pointed out that the Assad regime and its allies are seeking a solution suiting their narrow interests at the expense of the interests of the Syrian people. He stressed that the regime is seeking a solution that serves its survival and the survival of its repressive security apparatuses which are to blame for the tragedy unfolding in Syria. He noted that the regime is also to blame for its insistence on clinging to power and its refusal to respond to the will of the Syrian people and their legitimate demands.
The Commission’s delegation also meet with Director-General for Political Affairs of the Swedish Foreign Ministry Anna-Karin Enestrom. Hariri gave an overview of the situation in Idlib and the agreement recently reached on the province. He stressed the importance of strengthening the international role in finding a solution that meets the aspirations of the Syrian people through a comprehensive political solution in line with UN resolutions.
Hariri pointed to attempts by some sides to circumvent a real solution by talking about the return of refugees without providing a safe environment for them and with the survival of the Assad regime which is the main reason why those refugees fled their country.
The delegation concluded its meetings with a meeting with the EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. During the meeting, Hariri made it clear that the Constitutional Committee is the gateway to a comprehensive solution guaranteeing a transition to a future in which there is no place for the ruler who caused a humanitarian tragedy that is unprecedented in the history of mankind.
Hariri also stressed the importance of coordination among those who are keen to consolidate the Idlib agreement. He added that the Assad regime and its backers are trying to make the agreement a temporary one by the issuance of constant threats of military action that will kill more innocent civilians and displace thousands. Hariri praised the EU call for a special high-level meeting on Syria at the United Nations bringing together the major actors in Syria. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)