Syrian opposition launches new council in Istanbul

The National Council of the Damascus Declaration Abroad was launched in Turkey's Istanbul on Sunday.

Syrian opposition launches new council in Istanbul

World Bulletin / News Desk

Former Syrian opposition groups launched the National Council of the Damascus Declaration Abroad in Istanbul in an attempt ’to overthrow the Syrian regime and to build a new democratic Syria.'

The Council’s Secretary General Mahmoud al-Hamza spoke at a press conference and underlined that the first and most important aim is to topple Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

’We must join forces to move towards a democratic system,’ al-Hamza said. ’An order must be established to obtain justice and freedom among the people.’

Hamza underlined that the National Council of the Damascus Declaration Abroad is not against the Geneva II conference, but said none of the promises made before the Geneva conference were kept.

Emphasizing that the first priority to a solution in Syria is to stop bloodshed, Hamza said, ’the destruction must stop immediately, aid roads must be opened and political prisoners must be released.’

The Damascus Declaration is an organization created in 2005 under the name of joined religious and opinion leaders along with opposition parties in an attempt to ‘replace the Assad regime with a democratic country.’

More than 100,000 people have died and two million people have been displaced since the Syrian civil war began in 2011.

Last Mod: 20 Ocak 2014, 09:37
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