Syrian Coalition: Political Transition Key to All “Baskets” in Geneva Talks

Member of the Syrian Coalition’s political committee Yasser Farhan said that achieving political transition through negotiations in Geneva is key to all other baskets that will be discussed in the current round of talks.

“We welcome the focus of the UN special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura on UN Security Council resolution 2254 to be the basis of the talks,” Farhan said. “We want to discuss the substance of the negotiations and prevent the regime from disrupting the whole process.”

Farhan stressed that defeating ISIS in Syria is impossible without first removing Assad and his regime.

A new round of Geneva negotiations began on Thursday in Geneva in parallel with fierce clashes in eastern Damascus. The FSA groups in the area are seeking to break the siege regime forces are imposing on the districts of Qaboun and Barzah.

Farhan pointed out that the FSA and rebel fighters are defending themselves and the Syrian people and are fighting to prevent ethnic cleansing by the Assad regime and to expel terrorist groups, led by ISIS and the Iranian-backed militias, from all Syrian territory. The Assad regime plans to force tens of thousands of people from their homes in eastern Ghouta, a tactic it has employed in Aleppo, Alwaer, and other areas across Syria.

“This is a war crime that amounts to genocide and we cannot expect our people to stand idly by as the regime is trying to force them out of their homes,” Farhan added.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 24.03.2017)

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