The signed agreement between the Syrian
NCB and the SNC
By Khalaf Dahowd - Supportkurds
January 2, 2012
The signed agreement between the NCB and the SNC
/ English version
Agreement between the National Coordination Body for
Democratic Change [NCB] and the Syrian National
Council [SNC], to be submitted to the Secretariat of
the Arab League as a joint political document for
the Congress of the Syrian opposition that is
expected to take place under the umbrella of the
Arab League in January 2012.
Following talks lasting for more than a month
involving the leadership of the NCB and the SNC, the
parties agreed on the following:
1 - Rejection of any foreign military intervention
that affects the sovereignty and independence of the
country. The Arab intervention is not considered to
2 - Protection of civilians by all legitimate means
in the context of international human rights Law.
3 - Preservation and promotion of national unity of
the Syrian people, and the refusal and condemnation
of sectarianism, its mobilization, and all that
leads to it.
4 – We are proud of the officers and Syrian soldiers
who refused to obey the orders to kill civilians and
peaceful demonstrators demanding freedom, and we
understand the humanitarian and patriotic crisis of
conscience which the regime has forced on them. We
hold the regime fully responsible for this.
Firstly, the transitional phase will begin with the
fall of the existing regime, its structures and its
symbols which means the existing political
authority, whilst maintaining the institutions of
the State and its core functions. It will end with
the adoption of a new Constitution for the country
to ensure a parliamentary, democratic, civilian,
pluralistic and deliberative system, and the
elections for Parliament and President of the
Republic on the basis of this Constitution.
Secondly, the phase of transition in this sense is
the period that lies between the formation of a
coalition authority after the fall of the regime,
and the establishment of State institutions based on
a permanent Constitution approved by the people. It
will not exceed one year from the date of its
beginning, and can be renewed once.
Thirdly, State institutions and political Authority
during the transitional phase will be based on
following basic principles:
a) The people are the source of authority and
provide the basis of legitimacy.
b) Syria is independent in its sovereignty and
unity, peoples and land.
c) Genuine separation of the three powers:
Legislature, Executive and Judiciary.
d) The protection of the foundations of civil
democracy (essentially freedom of expression,
association and assembly, and political pluralism
and deliberative authority, and administrative
e) Emphasis on the existence of the Kurdish nation
as a part of the fundamental and historic structure
of the Syrian nation, which requires the creation of
a just democratic solution to the Kurdish issue
within the unity of the country's land and people,
which is not at all inconsistent with the fact that
Syria is an integral part of the Arab world.
f) All citizens are equal before the law in relation
to the duties, civil and political rights, and
economic, cultural and social rights. Freedom of
religion and belief is guaranteed in the
Constitution and respect for the rites and rituals
of religions and sects, and refusal of sanctity over
political and civil life.
g) Rejection of violence and national, sectarian,
religious, sexual discrimination; standing against
terrorism; for the eradication of corruption; and
for the abolition of the special laws and decrees
issued under the dictatorship and direct action to
address its effects.
h) Initiation of sustainable development projects at
the national level and in particular for the most
i) Maintenance of the national territory and
liberation of the Syrian land; establishing
relations of brotherhood and cooperation with Arab
countries, strong and commensurate relationships
with other countries in the region,www.ekurd.net
cooperation and mutual respect with the countries of
the world; for democratic Syria to play an active
role in Arab society, regionally and
internationally; to serve supreme national
interests; and for security, peace and stability in
the region and the world.
j) Commitment to international covenants and
agreements, the Charter of the United Nations and
the Charter of the Arab League, and the
International Bill of Human Rights.
k) To benefit from the framework of Syrian energy,
both within and outside the country for the success
of the transitional phase and to build the democracy
in the Republic of Syria.
Regarding the legal and Constitutional references: a
joint Committee will emerge from the Congress of the
opposition, to work nationally to coordinate the
positions of the opposition and to unite their
political, legal, media, diplomatic and humanitarian
relief activities. The parties involved will respect
Burhan Ghalioun, President of the Syrian National
Council, Haytham Manna, Head of the National
Coordination Body in Exile
Cairo, 30 December 2011
The Agreement was approved in the presence of: Walid
al-Bunni, Haitham al-Maleh, Catherine al-Tali, Saleh
Muslim Mohammed, Mohammad Hijazi.
Member of the Executive Bureau of the National
Coordination Body in Exile - NCB
Co-Chair: International Support Kurds in Syria
Association - SKS
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