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27 February 2020 In Coalition News

 

The delegation of the Syrian National Coalition met with the team of the UN envoy to Syria, Geir Pedersen, in Geneva and demanded that it fully assume its role in implementing UN Security Council resolution 2254. It also called for explicitly naming the party responsible for disrupting the political process as was the case with the constitutional process.

The Coalition’s delegation emphasized that the responsibility to enforce UN Security Council resolution 2254 lies mainly with the team of the UN envoy. Article 5 of the resolution underscores the close connection between ceasefire and the continuation of the political process, in addition to other articles related to confidence-building measures, especially those related to detainees and the forcibly disappeared persons.

The Coalition delegation indicated that the Syrian people have been subjected to all types of violations that are aggravating the humanitarian catastrophe as as the Assad regime, with the support of Russia and Iranian militias, continues military operations in Idlib province and southwestern Aleppo. The onslaught has caused the largest wave of displacement since 2011, the delegation said, adding that the bombardment and shelling is mainly targeting civilians.

The delegation made it clear that the aim of these operations is to impose a military solution and disrupt the political process.

The delegation provided the international envoy team with documents and publications detailing the crimes being committed by the Assad regime against civilians, especially women and children. It stressed that the Assad regime observed equality between women and men only in the violent practices, including arrest, torture, and murder. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)

 

27 February 2020 In Coalition News

The Syrian National Coalition on Wednesday received a delegation of the US State Department’s Syria Transition Assistance Response Team (START) and discussed with it the grave situation in Idlib and the Assad regime and its backers’ ongoing atrocities against civilians. The Coalition stressed the importance of activating the ‘Responsibility to Protect’ principle the UN adopted in 2005.

For its part, the US delegation reiterated its condemnation of the brutal onslaught the Assad regime has launched in northwestern Syria with Russian and Iranian support as endangering the lives of millions, including children and women.

The Coalition emphasized the US role in reining in Russia’s arrogance, calling for ratcheting up pressure on Moscow it to force it to stop its military operations in northwestern Syria. It also stressed the need to take action at the United Nations to classify Russia as a major party to the conflict and prevent it from voting on draft resolutions at the UN Security Council.

Moreover, the Coalition highlighted the urgent need to raise the level of rapid response in order to alleviate the humanitarian disaster unfolding in Idlib province and to provide urgent assistance to the internally displaced people.

The two sides stressed the need for all parties to return to the ceasefire lines in accordance with the ‘de-escalation zones’ agreement reached by Turkey and Russia. They also called for the revitalization of the political process to achieve a political solution as the only solution in Syria through the implementation of UN resolutions, most importantly UN Security Council resolution 2254 and the Geneva Communique of 2012.

The two sides also discussed the work of the committee the Coalition and the Syrian Interim Government formed to prevent abuses as they stressed the importance of the voluntary, dignified return of IDPs to their areas of origin in all parts of Syria. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)

27 February 2020 In Coalition News

 

The Syrian National Coalition’s political committee held its periodic meeting with members of the committee discussing the latest developments on the ground in Idlib and the Syrian National Army’s recapture of a number of towns and villages from the Assad regime.

The Military Liaison Office gave an overview on the latest military developments as members of the committer praised the heroism and high morale being shown by fighters of the Syrian National Army in the battles against the Assad regime and its allies. They stressed that the gains they are making will have a big impact on the military balance on the ground and force Russia to return to the negotiating table.

Coordinators of the departments and committees submitted reports on their work. They also reviewed the results of the recent meetings and participations aimed at urging the international community to take a serious action to protect civilians in northwestern Syria, establish an inclusive ceasefire, and step up humanitarian and relief support for the IDP.

Vice-president of the Syrian National Coalition Abdulhakim Bashar spoke about the meeting held between the Kurdish National Council and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu as he reasserted the Turkish role in supporting Syria and the need to develop the relationship of the Council with Turkey. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)

 

27 February 2020 In Coalition News

The delegation of the Syrian National Coalition to Geneva held a series of meetings with the permanent missions of the United States, the European Union, and Canada in Geneva on the sidelines of the 43rd session of the UN Human Rights Council. The delegation focused on the grave situation in Idlib, especially the largest and unprecedented waves of displacement since 2011.

The delegation talked about the latest developments in the political process and the obstacles to its work, especially the work of the Constitutional Committee.

The delegation talked about the continued bombardment by the Assad regime forces, with Russia support, on Idlib province and southwestern rural Aleppo. It pointed out that the bombardment and shelling is primarily targeting civilians and vital centers, such as civilian homes, public markets, schools and places of worship, and medical facilities.

The delegation also provided an explanation of the distribution of the IDP camps and the basic needs. It called for increasing the number of aid trucks that the United Nations and international organizations send every day through the border crossings. It pointed out that the current amount of aid falls short of meeting the growing needs of the displaced people.

Moreover, the delegation warned against attempts by the Assad regime to politicize humanitarian aid and deny it to those in need, pointing to the need to reduce the operating costs of the intermediaries working in the delivery of aid.

The delegation called on all missions to take a real, international action to establish a safe zone to protect civilians. It also called for focusing the efforts on finding a radical solution to the root causes of the problem, rather than to its symptoms through an inclusive political process and the implementation of UN resolutions, most importantly UN Security Council resolution 2254 and the Geneva Communique of 2012.

The delegation called for greater coordination and cooperation to work towards finding solutions to revitalize the political process, starting with the constitutional process and opening the other tracks laid out in UN Resolution 2254.

The Coalition delegation emphasized that Iran is the number of beneficiary of Assad's survival as it called for putting pressure on Russia to agree to a ceasefire and cease attacks on civilians. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)

27 February 2020 In Coalition News

The Syrian National Coalition on Wednesday received a delegation from the Canadian Foreign Ministry and highlighted to it the extremely dire conditions civilians in northwestern Syria are going through as a result of Russia's continued military operations in the region.

The meeting focused on the need to step up humanitarian and relief aid to those in need in Syria, especially those who were displaced from Idlib province and southwestern rural Aleppo.

The Coalition indicated that Russia and the Assad regime's targeting of vital civilian centers such as healthcare facilities has led to the largest wave of displacement in Syria since 2011, calling for Canada to step up its efforts to evacuate people with critical injuries to safer areas for treatment.

The Coalition reasserted the responsibility of the international community to protect civilians and implement international resolutions on Syria, calling for action within the United Nations to activate the ‘Responsibility to Protect’ principle that the UN adopted in 2005. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)

27 February 2020 In Coalition News

The Syrian National Coalition decried the international silence towards Russia's continued shedding of the blood of innocent civilians as well as its insistence on perpetuating chaos, violating international resolutions and understandings, and committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria.

In a press release issued on Wednesday, the Coalition stressed the importance of supporting the Syrian National Army to enable it to protect civilians in Syria and fend off the terrorism and aggression against them as essential to creating the appropriate conditions for the resumption of the political process.

“It is imperative that the international community and the major actors reconsider their positions and options towards the current situation and as well as reassess the consequences that will ensue should this barbaric onslaught continues unchecked,” said the Coalition.

The Coalition called on the international community and the major actors to ensure immediate, effective protection for Idlib and its countryside and to work to put an end to the atrocious crimes the Russian occupation and Iranian militias are committing against the Syrian people.

Aerial bombardment by the Russian occupation jets and Assad regime helicopters killed 22 civilians and injured about 90 others in the past few hours. Dozens of airstrikes, shelling with heavy artillery and rockets carrying cluster munitions hit Idlib province. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)

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