SYRIAN OPPOSITION CALLS FOR NATIONAL ASSEMBLY IN LIBERATED SYRIA

SCPSS Conference Proffers Unanimously Approved Plan for Transitional Government

 

More than two hundred Syrians participated in “Managing the Transition in Syria: Challenges and a Vision for the Future,” a three-day opposition conference held in Istanbul, Turkey from October 29-31 2012. Political leaders, military commanders, and activists from inside and outside of Syria gathered at the conference, organized by the Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies (SCPSS), to discuss the impending post-Assad political transition and the formation of an interim government to manage liberated Syria. 18 political parties, factions, and organizations were represented at the conference including: the Syrian National Council, the Kurdish National Council, the Assyrian Democratic Organization, the Turkmen Democratic Movement, The Kurdish Future Movement in Syria, The Free Syrian Judicial Council, the Damascus Declaration, the Syrian Revolution General Commission, Local Coordinating Committees, the Sham Scholar Association, the Syrian Reform Assembly, the National Change Movement, and the Arabic Tribal Council. Syrians representing political, revolutionary, and military forces from Aleppo, Homs, Idlib, Deir al-Zour, and Damascus suburbs also attended, in addition to defected ministers, diplomats, ambassadors, and members of parliament.

 

Conference participants welcomed the more than 70 Syrians that came from inside Syria, representing city councils, Local Coordination Committees, Revolutionary councils, the Free Syrian Army, and Military councils. In the largest and most inclusive gathering of the Syrian opposition to date, participants discussed mechanisms for toppling the Assad regime and the role of the international community in supplying the necessary logistical assistance for liberating Syria, as well as the implementation of a no-fly zone in order to provide a safe haven for civilians.

 

Additionally, the attendees of the conference agreed that the success of the armed opposition in liberating some Syrian territory in Idlib, Aleppo, Deir al-Zour, Homs, and the Damascus suburbs, in spite of the lack of support from the international community, absolutely necessitates the formation of a central authority capable of providing security and stability in liberated Syria. As a result, conference participants called upon the Syrian opposition, with all its political and ideological spectra, to unite and reject all forms of disputes and disagreements among them. Conference attendees unanimously supported a proposal for the holding of a National Assembly in liberated Syria for the election of a 300-member interim government. This body, made up of representatives from the Syrian National Council, civilian revolutionaries, and military leaders, would manage the post-Assad political transition, mobilize Arabic public opinion, accept international support for the revolution, and maintain the unity of rebel forces on the ground. Such an entity would strive to establish a civil democratic state for all Syrians and represent the Syrian revolution in regional and international forums, particularly the United Nations. The transitional government would be wholly committed to supporting political pluralism and the holding of fair and transparent elections at the conclusion of its mandate.

 

On the second day of the conference, attendees participated in four different workshops: constitutional and legal reform, political and administrative reform, parties and the electoral system, and reform of the security forces and the challenges of building a national army. Following these workshops, the Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies announced the establishment of the “Syrian Expert House” a combined group of representatives from each workshop committed to holding periodic meetings to work on the creation of a final vision of the transitional period.

 

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For more information about the conference, please contact Dr. Radwan Ziadeh, Executive Director of the Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies, Tel: 00905369852396 , Email: radwan.ziadeh@gmail.com