President Khoja and head of Building the Syrian State Movement, Louay Hussein held a joint press conference in Istanbul today, during which Khoja has announced they agreed on a common vision for a political solution in Syria. The move comes as part of the meetings held lately by the Syrian Coalition with the spectra of the Syrian opposition.
The joint statement announced that “the Syrian Revolution supports security, stability, the rule of law and is aimed to achieve civil peace. At its core, the revolution is not an extremist movement, but aimed at establishing a constitutional ruling system that respects the will of the people and their rights. It also aims to establish a modern state where all people have equal citizenship rights and duties without any discrimination on grounds of race, religion, sex or sect. Furthermore, it decisively rejects any concession or penalty based on these grounds. It represents hope for Syria to become, as it once used to be, a free country for all its citizens.”
“While flattening whole cities with artillery and warplanes as well as massacring civilians with chemical weapons and barrel bombs, they have sought to convince people at home and abroad that the alternative to their rule is chaos and extremism. Facts on the ground have shown beyond doubt that the Assad regime is the sole embodiment of criminality and destruction, having attracted thousands of extremists and caused instability and chaos in Syria,” the statement added.
The statement went on: “No political solution will save Syria without the departure of Assad and his ruling elite who must not have any role in the future of Syria. A comprehensive national dialogue among Syrians is a prelude to bringing about acceptable solutions that will put an end to the suffering of the Syrian people and restore security and stability to the country.”
“The establishment of a national army has become a matter of urgency to face the future challenges as the regime’s army has already disintegrated and is nearing total collapse. The real victory of the revolution will culminate in the birth of an army for the new Syria, whose task will be defending the homeland and the people, protecting the sovereignty and independence of Syria, and providing security and stability to all citizens throughout Syria. The recent mergers of rebel factions constitute the first step in building this army, where rebels, defected army officers and free Syrians everywhere will form the backbone of this army.”
“The Document of Basic Principles for a Political Settlement in Syria, which was adopted and ratified by the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces on January 14, 2015, is a comprehensive national document of the Syrian opposition. We are fully committed to abiding by its provisions and ensuring their implementation, and we call on all Syrians to share this commitment,” the statement concluded. (Source: Syrian Coalition)