Syrian politician: conditions are right to start Syrian political solution

SDC and People's Will conference in Russia

QAMISHLI, Syria (North Press) – The head of the People’s Will Party, Qadri Jamil, said on Wednesday that signing  a memorandum of understanding with the Syrian Democratic Council depends on the level of maturity of the objective conditions to start a Syrian political solution.

Earlier on Monday, both the head of the Executive Board of the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) Ilham Ahmed and the People’s Will Party Qadri Jamil announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding with five articles regarding the political solution in the country.

According to the memorandum of understanding, the two parties affirmed their support for the full implementation of UN Resolution 2254, including the implementation of the Geneva Declaration and the inclusion of other opposition platforms in the political process, including the SDC.  

The two parties agreed to commit to finding a just, democratic solution to the Kurdish issue in Syria in accordance with international covenants, and ensure constitutional recognition of their rights as well as the national rights of Assyrians, Syriacs, and all Syrian communities.

In a special statement to North Press from Moscow, Jamil added that the new development was due to the development of political conditions and powers that prioritize the interest of the Syrian people and the country over limited partisan interests.

“It is normal that two different parties have commonalities that aim to ease obstacles that block understanding,” he added.

He pointed out that the most notable obstacle that they faced during the two months of discussions was  the centralization and decentralization in the country.

Jamil said that he opposed centralization in the country that disturbed the social and economic structure and increased corruption.

He stated that they do not agree with the absolute decentralization and lack of a state.

The two parties agreed on “a centralized state which runs economic, defense, and foreign affairs, coinciding with decentralization that guarantees the people’s direct authority in health, development, and education issues in their areas,” Jamil said.

Regarding Russia’s sponsorship of this agreement, he said that Russia had nothing to do with preparing and issuing the memorandum, and that they met with the Russian Foreign Ministry ”in order to inform them of the results of our efforts.”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met the two Syrian parties on Monday and expressed Russia’s determination to contribute to the dialogue among Syrian parties as soon as possible.

In a statement published by the Russian Foreign Ministry, Lavrov said, ”The talks included a detailed study of the urgent issues of the Syrian settlement in order to reach a comprehensive agreement among the Syrian parties based on Resolution 2254 issued by the UN Security Council.”

Jamil said the two parties are “two important national powers and we do not accept to be proxies to any party, and that is what pushed the Russian Foreign Ministry to accept our request to meet.”

”Russia does not support the government, rather, [it supports] the Syrian State in order not to collapse under the blows of terror,” he said.

He added that Russia supported the government in international assemblies because it is the legal representative of the state, he said.

He believes that Russia’s position regarding ”the political operation is clear, it supports UN Resolution 2254, intra-Syrian dialogue, the consensus between all parties, and a solution to the crisis.”

(Reporting by Abdulhalim Suleiman)