Sochi Congress Issues Statement Affirming The Indivisibility of Syrian Territory

Delegates have concluded the first full day of meetings at the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in the Russian city of Sochi. The Congress formally resolved that all final agreements made in respect of a post-conflict political settlement in the Syrian Arab Republic must enshrine a full commitment on the part of all parties to uphold the political unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic. The statement also resolved to restore the occupied Golan Heights to the Syrian Arab Republic after its illegal occupation by the Zionist regime in 1967.

According to the statement,

“No part of the national territory can be abandoned. The Syrian people remain committed to the restoration of the Occupied Golan by all legal means in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and the international law”.

The statement also committed the Congress to preserve pluralism, tolerance, equal citizenship for all Syrians and women’s rights in a post-war settlement, thus guaranteeing the continued leading role of Ba’athist principles in the Syrian Arab Republic. The statement also made a commitment to the preservation of all of Syria’s important world heritage sites.

The statement also read,

“The State is committed to national unity, social peace and comprehensive and balanced development with fair representation at the local administration level.

Boosting the work of governmental and public institutions, protecting the infrastructure of private properties and society, and providing public services to all citizens in accordance with the high standards of management and gender equality.

Preserving the Army and the Armed Forces that perform their duties in accordance with the constitution, including protecting the borders and the Syrian citizens from external threats, as well as combating terrorism wherever it is found”.

These will be the guiding principles of a Constitutional Reform Commission established at the Congress, to be comprised of all factions present as well as representatives of groups who chose not to attend the meeting in Sochi. The Syrian National Dialogue Congress will resume its activities on the 31st of January.


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