The Syrian National Coalition welcomes international efforts to find a political solution to the suffering Syrians have endured for over two years. Moreover, the Coalition wants to highlight its commitment to the revolution’s fundamental principles and to the political framework approved on 15 February, 2013, which requires the head of the regime, security and military leadership to step down and be excluded from the political process.
The Coalition deems the following necessary to lead to an effective political solution:
– Halt the murder and destruction perpetrated by the regime.
– Empower revolutionary forces to defend the oppressed people of Syria.
– Halt Iran and Hezbollah's invasion of Syria and expel them from the country.
We stress that Syrian participation is needed to set a timetable for these goals, with the international community offering binding guarantees.
Finally, for these political efforts to succeed, the international community and the Friends of Syria in particular, must uphold their commitments to the Syrian people and the revolution by ensuring their right to self-defense.
We ask for mercy for our martyrs, health for our wounded, and freedom for our detainees.
Long live Syria and its people, free and with honor.
Translated and Edited by The Syrian Observer