In their latest joint statement the networks of committees, the backbones of the unarmed revolutionary movenment in Syria, heavily critisize exile opposition bodies. We document the statement, being issued as a “final warning” by the revolutionary movement to the National Coalition. In case the Coalition will not improve its representation of the Syrian revolution, the movement on the ground will not continue to grant it legitimacy.
Statement Issued by the Revolutionary Movement in Syria
We have waited in vain for many months for the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces (SC) to take concrete steps, and offered its leadership multiple chances to do so. However, the reality is that there is no doubt that the SC’s leadership has failed to fulfill its responsibility to represent the great Syrian people’s revolution at the organizational, political, and humanitarian levels. The SC’s continued failure, particularly in the General Assembly, during the last week of meetings in Istanbul, deepens our conviction that the SC, in its current form, is unable to fulfill its obligations due to the ongoing discord among the different parties represented. This negativity has led to the blatant interference of international and regional parties without respect to the national will. The SC’s organizational capacity has deteriorated, and in reality, has far exceeded its original mandate as agreed upon during its founding. Given the SC’s dysfunction, we feel compelled to re-state our national responsibility as a revolutionary force, to honor the sacrifices of our people, and to fulfill their revolutionary aspirations, particularly in light of the challenges posed by the Geneva 2 conference and the decision-making process regarding the future of our nation and the region.
We hereby declare that:
- The recent attempt to expand membership in the SC is no more than a feeble attempt to add persons and groups that have no real impact on the revolution, and we reject this attempt.
- Any new SC members must represent our revolutionaries politically, and empower them by participating fully in the SC’s decision-making process. Our political representation should occupy no fewer than 50% of the seats in the SC and its leadership bureaus.
- The revolutionary forces that have signed this statement will no longer bestow legitimacy upon any political body that subverts the revolution or fails to take into account the sacrifices of the Syrian people or adequately represent them.
We consider this statement to be a final warning to the SC, for the Syrian people have spoken.
Long live Free Syria, in dignity, for all its loyal citizens.
Damascus, May 28, 2013
Syrian Revolution General Commission (SRGC)
Local Coordination Committees in Syria (LCC)
Syrian Revolution Coordinators’ Union (SRCU)
Supreme Council for the Leadership of the Syrian Revolution