President of the Syrian Negotiations Commission, Badr Jamous, said that he seeks to revitalize the Commission with the help of a number of states, chief among them is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a major supporter of the Syrian revolution. He pointed out that there is a project for this purpose called the reorganization of the Commission’s ranks.
Jamous stressed the need for understandings within the forces of the revolution and the opposition to establish a strong, unified political body, adding that good intentions are always available in opposition leaders, albeit not sufficient.
He said that his work program consists of three axes: The first is to rearrange the ranks of the Commission by unifying the national opposition figures within an advisory body whose task will be supporting the Commission and political solution.
The second axis aims to communicate with all Arab states as one of the Commission’s top priorities, Jamous said. He added that “the Syrian issue has an Arab and regional dimension, and we need the Arab dimension, especially the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where the Commission was established. Return to Riyadh will be our next move.”
He indicated that the third axis of his work program is the unity of Syrians in order to appear cohesive before our Arab brothers and the international community. “This coincides with an international activity, and we should not wait for international action. We must lead our revolution for a safe, democratic state that does not pose a threat to anyone.” He added that the Commission is relying, in this program, on the Saudi role in the next stage.
Jamous made it clear that the Commission and all the forces of the revolution and the opposition are open to dialogue with all Syrian opposition parties. However, the Commission has real concerns with regard to terrorist militias.
“We are open to dialogue with any party according to common rules: dialogue with a real Syrian party, not with foreign militias, such as the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party.”
He stressed the need for the PYD militia to truly announce its dissociation from the PKK terrorist organization and to stop its dealings and communications with the Assad regime. He stressed that the organization and the opposition will not negotiate with non-Syrian leaderships.
Moreover, Jamous said that his first visit will be to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which he considered a priority for the Commission, especially since it is based in Riyadh. “We are ready to consult with the Kingdom to set a political compass in cooperation with countries interested in Syria, including Turkey, especially at this positive stage at the level of Arab-Turkish relations.”
Jamous said that the Constitutional Committee is one of the paths to a political solution, and that it was established to keep the Syrian issue alive at the international level. He added that resorting to this path came after negotiations were stalled for five years due to the regime’s refusal to implement UN Security Council resolutions related to the Transitional Governing Body, provided that it is followed by opening the rest of baskets, especially governance, and the creation of a safe and neutral environment.
Furthermore, Jamous stressed that since day one, Iran has been part of the problem, along with the terrorist Hezbollah militia and other sectarian militias.
He pointed out that Iran is now infiltrating the regime’s apparatus and almost controlling all the regime’s institutions, especially the army, intelligence and other state institutions, stressing that the regime cannot free itself from the Iranian mantle.
He added that Iran has destroyed Syria. “We are afraid that Syria will be further torn apart by Iranian influence, so we need bigger Arab and Gulf roles in order to get rid of the Iranian influence in Syria.”
Jamous pointed out that the Russian invasion of Ukraine put Syria back on the international list of priorities as many countries have begun to recognize that neglecting Syria has led to a repetition of the invasion in Ukraine.
He indicated that he held meetings in Paris and America, and that there was a clear, positive international interest in Syria, stressing that the need for more support and attention to Syria and the refugee tragedy.
He made it clear that one of his priorities would be to build the largest coalition of countries and work at the Security Council and the United Nations.
He stressed the need for expelling the Assad regime from the United Nations. “Our task is arduous and we will make every effort to bring Syria back to international attention.”
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)