16 December 2014
President of the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces, Hadi al Bahra, today concluded his visit to Brussels where he met with the European Union’s European External Action Service, including officials from the European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO), to discuss the political and humanitarian situation in Syria and present the Syrian National Coalition’s solution to the Syria crisis.
In a meeting with the Security Taskforce of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), chaired by former NATO Security General and EU Foreign Policy Chief, Javier Solana, President al Bahra outlined the comprehensive approach necessary to end the Syria crisis: defeat ISIL militarily; remove the root cause of extremism - the Assad regime; and establish moderate governance structures on the ground to ensure that there can be no resurgence of ISIL’s terror or Assad’s tyranny.
This comprehensive approach, President al Bahra outlined, would include removing the Assad regime through a political process based on the Geneva communique. President al Bahra highlighted the crucial role targeted sanctions play in pressuring the Syrian regime to negotiate.
President al Bahra set out his approach to UN Envoy Staffan de Mistura’s emerging plan. Any process needed to have strict parameters, an effective monitoring process, and a clear understanding that Assad has no role in a future Syria. This was met with broad agreement throughout President al Bahra's discussions.
President al Bahra thanked European Union Member States for their support in alleviating the suffering in Syria through humanitarian relief and for supporting a political solution to the crisis.