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Syrians problem is not the constitution but Assad, his gang: Opposition figure

Britta Haji Hassan

(Zaman Al Wasl)- The head of the Free Aleppo Council said that the Syrian people’s problem is not constitutions, but with the head of the regime and his gang, seeking to move to a democratic civil government system.

Britta Haji Hassan told Zaman al-Wasl that the so-called constitutional committee is so far unsuccessful, with the continuous bombing, the displacement of half of the Syrian people, the arrest of hundreds of thousands, and the unknown fate that awaits everyone.

The United Nations on September 23 announced the long-awaited formation of the committee to include 150 members, split evenly between the Syrian regime, the opposition and Syrian civil society, according to AFP.

Haji Hassan, who is on an open-ended strike in France, said that the constitutional committee was only a way to buy time, pending the resolution of the military battle. He added that he was not surprised when it was formed after several Astana conferences and after the Sochi Conference, which circumvents international resolutions and absolves Assad of all the crimes he committed against the Syrian people for nine years.

“This committee is incompatible for the requirement of 75% of any decision; that is lacks legal and political expertise, not to mention lacking any mandate or popular support and therefore any kind of legitimacy,” he said.

The former local official said that the main objective of the establishment of this committee is to rehabilitate the existing system and prevent the desired political change, so it makes sense that the staff drafting of the "new" constitution do not need legal, political or representative competence. What is required is a formal committee suggesting the beginning if an era of peace, which the Russians need to confirm in order to obtain, if possible, the reconstruction permit from funding countries. Haji Hassan stressed that, “There is no peace without justice and no justice without holding the criminals accountable, starting with Assad.”

Haji Hassan concluded that an alternative solution to the Constitutional Committee already exists through international resolutions that specialized legal committees seek to implement, supporting the Syrian people through all forums, demonstrations, and all parties that stand for the revolution and Syria, “away from any sordid personal, mass, and partisan interests.”

Eight years of war in Syria have killed 560,000 people and driven half the pre-war population of 22 million from their homes, including more than 6 million as refugees to neighbouring countries.

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