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Nasr Hariri to Asharq Al-Awsat: Syria’s War Would Only be Resolved Politically

Nasr Hariri to Asharq Al-Awsat: Syria’s War Would Only be Resolved Politically

Wednesday, 8 May, 2019 - 06:00
Head of the Syrian High Negotiations Committee SNC Nasr al-Hariri. Asharq Al-Awsat
Riyadh - Fatehelrahman Yousif
The High Negotiations Committee (SNC) confirmed on Tuesday that it is discussing with civil society in the Interim Government areas, ways to exert pressure on the Syrian regime and its allies to stop their military operations in the northwestern province of Idlib.

The Commission asked the UN Security Council to intervene and stop the regime, Russia and Iran from attacking hospitals and relief centers in the province.

In a telephone call with Asharq Al-Awsat, head of the SNC Nasr al-Hariri said: “We are currently in the area to assess the catastrophic situation of Idlib residents, mainly after the brutal military onslaught on the province.”

He explained that the Committee is coordinating with residents, local councils, civil society organizations and executive directorates affiliated with the Interim Government to follow up on the latest developments in the province and discuss the role of Iran and regime-linked militias.

“We want to thoroughly examine the conditions of the residents in the area following the latest brutal attacks,” al-Hariri said.

The head of the SNC said the Committee was discussing with residents in Antakya, on the Turkish-Syrian border, what steps should be taken politically and diplomatically to pressure the regime and its allies into stopping intense shelling and airstrikes on Idlib.

“The Committee will continue its program during the holy month of Ramadan,” he said.

Asked about contacts with the international community, al-Hariri said the United Nations Special Envoy to Syria, Geir Pedersen, has been setting the stage for separate meetings with the Syrian regime and the SNC to revive negotiations and try to reach an agreement on a committee concerned with writing Syria’s new constitution.

“Only a just political solution” would resolve Syria’s crisis and “end the disastrous situation of the Syrian people for the past eight years,” he said.

“Instead of moving towards a political solution, we see a military attack backed by Russia, Iran, the Syrian regime and the Democratic Union Party against civilians,” al-Hariri added.

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