Urgent Statement by the National Coordination Body for Democratic Change in Syria on the disappearance of Abdelaziz al-Khayer, Iyas Ayash and Maher Tahan


Today, Thursday the 20th, 5 members of the NCB’s delegation to the People’s Republic of China returned to Damascus. They left Damascus International Airport at 5 pm and boarded of two cars, only one of which arrived to its intended destination. We have since lost communications with the other car. Inside of it were Dr. Abdelaziz al-Khayer -Head of the NCB Foreign Affairs Office-, Iyas A’yash -Member of the NCB Executive Committee and a leading figure of the Arab Socialists Movement-, and the dear friend Maher Tahan -NCB member- who kindly went to welcome them from the airport. The NCB and the families of the three men have lost all forms of contact with them.

The NCB immediately started calling all relevant bodies to check upon the whereabouts and wellbeing of the passengers in the car, however no information has been obtained, nor does the NCB know anything that can assure us of their fate or whereabouts of our dear members.

We at the NCB have postponed the release of this news, in hopes of finding out what happened. We have contacted several embassies and numerous national and Arabic personalities – Inside and outside the country-.

Any infringement on the freedom and safety of Iyas A’yash, Abdelaziz al-Khayer and Maher Tahan is an infringement on the concept of citizenship, and of the moral and political commitment to the Syrian citizen and their natural right to security, freedom and dignity.

We demand that whoever can put an end to the disappearance of these three civilians should act immediately in accordance with their national responsibility to respect other citizens and ensuring their freedom and safety. Any harm inflicted upon our partners, regardless of the party responsible, would be a wrongdoing inflicted upon Syria, its reputation, and its unity. In this terrible time of crisis, Syria needs these leading figures more than ever. They are a source of pride for every Syrian, regardless of political, geographical, or sectarian affiliations.

The National Coordination Body’s exile branch holds the kidnappers, whoever they be, complete responsiblity  -ethically, legally, and politically- for any physical or mental harm done. We demand an explanation for the lack of communication, independently of the motives and reasons. We demand they be immediately released and returned safely to their families.

Eternity for our martyrs

Victory to our revolution for freedom and dignity


National Coordination Body’s Media Office / Exile Branch


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