Responding to the regime’s FM | Syrian Democratic Council reaffirms rejection of presidential elections • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Responding to the regime’s FM | Syrian Democratic Council reaffirms rejection of presidential elections

 

On May 24, 2021

Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) has issued a statement on the presidential elections in Syria stressing that “it is not concerned with any elections that do not achieve the goals of the Syrians in their lives, rights and political presence, and will not be a facilitator of any electoral process that violates the meaning of the UN Resolution number 2254.”

SDC said in the statement, “although we sought to negotiation with the authorities in Damascus in order to achieve progress on which to build a political path, this has not been achieved. It was hindering consensus and obstructing the continuation of the meetings, and its aim was to impose its vision without regard for human rights.”
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It added, “according to this position, we considered that the extremists of the regime and the opposition are responsible for all crimes against the Syrian people and for obstructing negotiations for a negotiated political solution in accordance with the Security Council Resolution 2254, that is stipulated to form a translational governing body, a safe environment, and a new constitution for the country on the basis of which elections are based on transparency and international supervision and guarantees of results achieved continued work to solve the hard crisis that everyone suffered from.”

Moreover, the statement added, “We are as members of the SDC affirm that we will not be part of the presidential elections process and we will not participate in it, and our position is constant that there will be no elections before the political solution in accordance with international decisions, the release of detainees, the return of the displaced and setting up new foundations for a pollical path against the tyranny and the control of political forces that recognizes the rights of the Syrian components equally, without discrimination or exclusion.”

The statement was issued following the Syrian foreign minister, Faisal Mekdad, has said “if SDC claimed practicing democracy, it has to facilitate the presidential electoral process in areas under its control.”

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