Syrian opposition, independent figures meet to discuss current situation
DAMASCUS– A number of Syrian opposition and independent figures held a meeting on Monday at Semiramis Hotel in Damascus under the slogan “Syria for everyone under a democratic civil state.”
According to the organizers, the meeting discussed the current situation in Syria and means of finding a way out of the crisis.
In a document dubbed ”Ahd”, the participants at the meeting pledged to remain part of the peaceful uprising of the Syrian people for the sake of freedom, democracy and plurality as to lay the basis for a civil and democratic state in a peaceful and safe way.
They also voiced rejection of the resort to the security solution to solve the political crisis, and to any discourse or behavior that divides the Syrians along sectarian, confessional or racial lines.
They also voiced rejection of calls for foreign interference in Syria’s affairs, calling for giving priority to the interests of the homeland and citizens.
The journalists, who went to cover the meeting, in particular Satellite TV channels, including the Syrian TV, which were ready to transmit live the meeting, were caught by a surprise when the sessions of the meeting were held behind closed-doors. The journalists were only allowed few minutes to take some pictures.
Participants in the meeting, in their final communiqué, voiced support for the ‘”popular peaceful Intifada” for the realization of its aims as to ‘move to a civil, democratic and plural state” securing the rights: cultural, political and social, and freedom for all Syrian Citizens”.
The participants also called for an end to ”security alternative” for the “withdrawal of security forces from cities, towns and villages” as well as for the formation of ” an independent credible investigation committee to investigate the killing crimes to which demonstrators and Syrian Army members were exposed”.
The participants underscored in their communiqué the “right to peaceful demonstration with no prior approval” securing the “safety of demonstrators” calling for the freeing of political detainees” and those of “opinion detainees” and “the arrested in the latest events with no exception”.
The participants underlined their “rejection of media campaigns from any side and called upon local media, official as well as semi-official, as not to distinguish between citizens and as to give space for loyal and opposition figures to freely express their views” calling for “allowing Arab and foreign media to cover the ongoing in Syria freely”.
The participants condemned all “forms of sectarian instigation” asserting the “unity of the Syrian People”.
The participants called further for the “return of the refugees and displaced to their houses preserving their security, dignity and rights and for compensation”