The Syrian Coalition reaffirmed commitment to negotiations in Geneva aimed at bringing about full political solution in accordance with the Geneva Communiqué of 2012 and the UN Security Council Resolutions 2118 and 2254. It reiterated that any political solution must lead to the formation of a transitional governing body with full powers, the departure of Bashar al-Assad, and accountability for war crimes carried out in Syria.
President of the Syrian Coalition Riad Seif reiterated support for the opposition’s High Negotiations Committee (HNC) and its negotiating delegation to Geneva during a meeting with Coalition members in the HNC. Seif also reiterated commitment to provide all forms of support for the HNC to succeed in its task.
Participants in the meeting stressed the importance of strengthening the relationship between the Coalition and the HNC and uniting efforts to reach a political solution that would end the bloodshed in Syria and the suffering of the Syrian people.
Seif slammed Iran’s “criminal role” in Syria as it continues to support the crimes of the Assad regime through its militias deployed in Syria which now constitute the bulk of the regime’s forces.
The UN envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura earlier said that the UN will reconvene negotiations in Geneva on May 16.