Coalition of Peaceful Change Forces Launched
Writer/Source: Sana (3/5/2012)
The Coalition of Peaceful Change Forces, which encompasses several parties and political groups, was launched on Wednesday in Damascus.
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The Coalition includes the Public Will Party, the Syrian Social Nationalist Party, the Third Movement for Syria, the Peaceful Change Path Popular Movement, the Democratic Marxist Assembly, the National Work Movement, and various popular committees from Deir Ezzor and Lattakia.
In a statement issued during a press conference, the Coalition said that the way out of the crisis is through adopting peaceful, democratic change and dialogue on the basis of rejecting military intervention and the exclusion of any side, reiterating opposition of negative aspects of popular movement.
The statement called for embracing any initiative leading to a peaceful political solution, making constant political initiatives, working to cease violence, releasing prisoners who committed no crime, holding those who shed blood accountable for their actions, and affirming the unity of the army and its role in keeping the peace and protecting the country.
The statement also stressed the need to rally social and popular activities, mobilizing to counteract the effects of the crisis, revealing the fate of missing people, reimbursing the aggrieved, replacing the state's economic policies with developmental economic policies that serve all Syrians across the country.
It called upon all sides that agree with these points to engage in dialogue and maintaining it with all sides, especially the sides that didn't conspire or slip into violence and summoning foreign interference.
The statement said that violence from multiple sides is the biggest threat conjured by the crisis, noting that internal and external extremist forces managed to draw parts of the popular movement towards violence, causing violence to swallow up the political and moral significant of movement and making it spread and develop into murder, abduction, ransom demands, chaos, blocking roads and lack of security, which affected agriculture, industry and people's livelihood.
It also pointed out that other threats include the increasing and multiple calls for foreign interference, the insistence to produce an international resolution legalizing military intervention, and increasing the economic sanctions which created grave problems for Syria's people and economy, in addition to media interference with its suspicious, negative role and ability to twist awareness.
The statement said that aforementioned tactics, along with opening camps for combatants and gathering them, smuggling weapons to them, and Arab and non-Arab calls for arming the opposition, aims at destroying the internal situation in preparation for direct military intervention.
The Coalition warned against slipping into destroying the state and its functions and establishments, calling on all sides to work to cease violence to guarantee Syria's unity and achieve safe, radical, comprehensive and peaceful democratic change.
It also rejected linking parties and political programs to religious and methodical issues, finding new ways to bring viewpoints closer and explaining the risks of the crisis, saying that rational and moral methodology requires immediate action to the escalating threats of the crisis.
The Coalition said that the crisis might continue due to the escalation of violence, the lack of political solutions, and the introduction of regional and international elements that have clear interests in sustaining and escalating the crisis in place of direct foreign military intervention.
Afterwards, Leader of the Public Will Party Dr. Qadri Jamil answered questions of journalists, pointing out that the crisis created an alignment of social forces in Syria, new balances and a new political space, calling on all sides to make actual concessions rather than nominal ones, saying "otherwise, the cost of this will by high for everyone."
He stressed that the opposition groups that call for military intervention must understand that this option is utterly out of the question, adding that true opposition must have a political and economic program to end the crisis then initiate radical and comprehensive reform.
In turn, member of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party's politburo Tarek al-Ahmad said that the Coalition's main goal is to eliminate the foggy nature of those who launch slogans and clarify which forces actually believe in peaceful change.
For his part, Democratic Marxist Assembly member Nayef Salloum said that the Coalition is a result of the increasing struggle and differences among the opposition, saying that many forces changed direction which calls for redirection in order to confront the actual crisis threatening Syria.
Member of the Third Movement for Syria, Mazen Maghrebiye, said that the state cannot respond to peaceful change without healthy popular movement, saying that this is the way to eliminate all forms of exclusion.
In turn, member of the Peaceful Change Path Popular Movement, Fateh Jamous, said that the coalition isn't after reforming the regime from within nor toppling it through foreign interference and violence, but rather wants to affect peaceful and transitional change
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