Statement regarding an end to the brutality of the security services, and maintaining an Arab political solution

The National Coordination Body (Committee) for Democratic Change (NCB/NCC) has been following the meetings and decisions of the Arab League on 12/2/2012 with great interest, as well as following the local, regional, and global reactions to them. The NCB has noticed that although the resolutions signify the importance of opposing dictatorships and supporting the population and the Syrian opposition, it has also managed to evade its responsibilities. It has done this through: deferring the case to the security council, by restricting the scope of its work to cases of humanitarian and aid assistance, and by attempting to assist and unite the opposition within a unfeasible timeframe (this can be seen in the 6th point that requests the unification of the opposition before the Tunisia conference, held on the 24th of this month). It should be mentioned that the League, and the members supportive of the resolution, have not attempted to apply any pressure on the opposition groups refusing to continue in the unification dialogue, it has also withheld the information regarding the agreement reached.

The Arab League has also terminated its observer mission to Syria without cultivating a fast replacement that can overcome some of its problems and lead to true engagement in the field. They replaced it with a plea to the Security Council to pass a resolution that would see the creation of an Arabic and International peacekeeping force, the Arab League resorts yet again to the Security Council as if it had supernatural powers not existing anywhere else. This effectively means that the League was successful in ‘raising the responsibility’ away from it in both cases of observing and peacekeeping in Syria. As well as putting the focus on the United Nation’s general assembly, which, as we know, passes resolutions that are non-binding. This requires much clarification of the statement produced after the meeting of the Arab ministers, which explains more than what it would have initially wanted to.

Confronting the vicious military solutions chosen by the regime in Homs, Idleb, Dera’a and the rest of the cities that have risen up, requires achievable political solutions. Such solutions, which would make aid and humanitarian assistance possible to these cities, requires movements by those that can influence the Syrian regimes’ position, and this can only be done through a multilateral political approach that can wield genuine pressure on the regime rather than mere point scoring.

To that end, the NCB contacted the Tunisian President, Dr. Moncef  Marzouki, who is a firm believer in progress and refuses trenching the Tunisian proposition and turning it into a pawn in the international playing field rather than fulfil its initial role of standing by the Syrian people and their legitimate aspirations. The NCB believes that more preparation is needed, especially active efforts to unify the Syrian opposition’s voice, if the ‘Friends of Syria’ meeting is to be a success.

The NCB has continuously pointed throughout its Arab and International correspondences the necessity of bringing forward propositions that are plausibly implemented on the ground; and the NCB has noted here, with interest, the quick reactions of Russia, Britain and France in avoiding delving into loosely put and unknown theses. Whereby the French Foreign Minister refused any form of foreign military intervention, and the British Foreign Minister affirmed the necessity of there absence of westerners in any peace keeping mission, or anything similar, to avoid complications or any form of local, regional or global opposition to it. Their Russian counterpart reminded them that such propositions are difficult to impose unilaterally. The NCB still awaits Arab and International support for its proposal of an immediate ceasefire for humanitarian reasons in the wounded city of Homs.

Since the NCB has continuously opted for an Arab solution, and an Arab plan of action, therefore it hopes that the Arab League would assist the cause by not neglecting its role to unknown bodies. The NCB also requests clarifications regarding the nature of the international meeting for the ‘Friends of Syria’, stopping at the absence of a viable way to translate the Arab propositions either on the field or politically. It seems likely that the Arab Ministers decided to defer all decisions regarding the Syria to the conference. This leads to weakening the chances of respect for Arab League resolutions, the final one being resolution7444, decided on 22/1/2012.

It is requested from the Arab League to maintain regular contact with all the main opposition groups without discrimination, which could otherwise lead to the fracturing of the opposition and the revolution. The Arab League is also urged to put serious effort in preparing for the General Conference of the Syrian opposition, which is a more important step for the fate of the political programme of the revolution and the population than any international conference. The Arab League should continue equally approaching the NCB, especially since it can see the transparent, peaceful nature of the NCB’s political programme, which refuses foreign military intervention and the reproduction of the Libyan model in Syria. As well as refusing to incite an escalation in armed conflict internally, meaning transferring the conflict into the field of violence, a field which is very well known to the dictatorial power and in which it can excel.

The NCB demands a balanced and thorough policy that would neutralize the great international, and regional, powers. Keeping the Syrian population safe from falling victim to its alignment rearrangement, or its hot or cold wars.

Returning to the firm foundations of the Arab work plan and requiring the respect of those that maintained their relationships and alliances with the Syrian regime, meaning: the retreat of all armed personnel, ending the use of the military security establishment as a solution, releasing all those that have been imprisoned, allowing Syrians the right to protest peacefully, allowing observers, journalists and rights groups into the country. This is the key to contain the security state from within, through aiming at its weakness points. We should never aim at normalizing violence, which would lead the country into the dangerous abyss that is civil war.

The NCB believes that to this day that a peaceful popular movement is the only legitimate and viable means to achieve the goals of the revolution. It is also necessary to remind everyone that any humanitarian assistance requires an end to bloodshed, which itself is achievable only through Arab sponsorship and support from all sides.

The struggle continues for a strong, democratic and civil State. Long live free Syria and its people.

The National Coordination Body for Democratic Change (NCB/NCC)


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