Syria: Syriac Union Party celebrates sixteenth anniversary

ZALIN (QAMISHLI), Syria – The Syriac Union Party (SUP) in Syria issued a statement on Thursday on the 16th anniversary of its founding, stressing its continuous work on developing the Democratic Autonomous Administration (DAA) of North and East Syria, towards a unified and decentralized Syria. The statement says that since its founding on October 1, 2005, the party has always been fully committed to securing the legitimate constitutional rights of the Syriac people in Syria.

The party says it has always struggled against policies of denial and repression by the Ba’athist regime which aimed to slowly stifle Syriac identity, culture, and history. The SUP indicates that it will continue to play its primary role in building justice and democracy, as well as guaranteeing rights and freedoms for all. The Syriac people as the indigenous people who gave Syria its name can play an important role in building bridges and consensus in the Syrian political arena. It is no longer possible to deny or marginalize the honorable national role of the Syriacs since the establishment of the modern Syrian state on all political, social, and economic levels.

The current Syrian political constellation still lacks the required solution in accordance with the relevant U.N. resolution No. 2254, even with the militarily situation having become somewhat stable. The regime has disrupted all attempts towards a solution that begins with the drafting of a new Syrian constitution. The Syrian regime keeps sabotaging these attempts because it rejects any political transition and is betting on its survival and military control by force, which contradicts with international resolutions and the regime’s previous statements to proceed with the political process led by the United Nations.

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The party stresses the importance of reaching a political solution away from tyranny and terrorism and which anchors in true equality between all national and religious components and involves all Syrian parties and democratic fronts. This requires more dialogue, compromise, and concessions to end the suffering of Syrians at home and in refugee camps, to envision a future Syria based on a democratic, pluralistic, decentralized state and a constitution that reflects the pluralism of peoples, languages, and cultures in Syria.

The Syriac Union Party stresses the need to develop the Democratic Autonomous Administration (DAA) of North and East Syria towards a unified and strong Syria with a decentralized system in which all Syrians can contribute.

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