The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

The Syrian oppositionist Hassan Abdelazim denies that he visited the capital of the Kurdistan area of Iraq to form a “military group with Ahmad al-Jarba and the National Kurdish Council in an implementation for the Turkish alternative plan”

The National Coordinating Body denied the news about the visit of the Syrian oppositionist Hassan Abdel Azim to Erbil -the capital of the Kurdistan area of Iraq- recently, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights obtained a copy of the comment of the general coordinator of the Syrian national coordinating body, Hassan Abdelazim, which stated:
“In a comment on the false news about my visit to Hawler/Erbil and my meeting with the Kurdish National Council and Mr. Ahmad al-Jarba and his relative and the formation of an armed group comprised of Roj Peshmerga and the joining of Syria’s Tomorrow Current and the Kurdish National Council to the National Democratic Front to expand the Coordination Body that suffered splits and in an implementation for a Turkish plan B, I confirm the following:

“1. The official responsible of the statement alleges that the first meeting which is still taking place with me and the other parties, including the Coalition, although I was in Damascus since I returned from the meeting of the negotiating body in Riyadh since the 3rd of January until the date of my return to Damascus on the 8th of the same month, and I still in it until today, Sunday, the 27th of it, and yesterday Saturday, I attended the Executive Office meeting and I have not visited Turkey since 1989.

  1. There was no defection in the National Coordinating Body following the suspension of the Democratic Union Party PYD in early 2016, because it did not participate in the first Riyadh conference, but some members of a party of the Body have resigned because it did not nominate them to be in the command of the Coordination Body and they worked with PYD.

  1. The National Coordinating Body is a key party to the Syrian Negotiating Body with 5 members of 37 internationally recognized members, so it does not need to reserve a seat for negotiation.

  1. Nevertheless, we in the Coordinating Body have worked to engage in dialogue and interaction with all national opposition forces, the cultural, social, and youth parties in addition to the independent national personalities inside and outside, to work together to form a Democratic National Front that emerges from a national conference prepared by a preparatory committee (Nucleus) open to all those who accept the project of the common political vision which is opened for amendment, addition, and enrichment to include the widest framework of the national democratic opposition.

  1. Since its establishment in mid-2011, the Body has ensured the independence of its national decision from the foreign and regional countries.”

The Syrian Observatory published 2 days ago that General Coordinator of the Syrian National Coordination Body and the Syrian opposition Hassan Abdel Azim, answered 2 questions of the SOHR, the first one was:

What is the position of the National Coordination Body against the threats of invading the borderline between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers by Turkey, which imposed its control over the past months and years on Afrin area and the northeastern sector of Aleppo Province?

The National Coordination Body’s position on the international, and regional intervention is a clear and firm rejection, whether it was political through pressure and hegemony, or militarily through invasion and controlling the land, and it includes the Iranian, Turkish, American, French, and Russian interventions.

And the second question was:

Do you think that members of the constitutional committee which was commissioned by the Syrian opposition, contain mostly oppositionists who represent the Syrian people, their will, and voice?! And are they trustworthy and have enough experience to draft the constitution and stand up to the aspirations and hopes of the Syrian people?!

We believe that the 50 members of the Constitutional Commission nominated by the Negotiating Body are competent and experienced, and they are keen to express the will and legitimate objectives of the Syrian people in freedom, dignity, justice, social justice, and the complete democratic change, and the implementation of Geneva Declaration 1 and the International Resolutions 2118 / 2013 and 2254 / 2015 to achieve a political transition, and to provide the safe environment for the preparation of the draft of the interim constitution, and referendum on it, and to establish a multiparty parliamentary system, which guarantees the interests of the Syrian people with all its national and religious components, and protects the individual and collective fundamental freedoms and human rights.