SDC official Hikmat al-Habib: Resolution to Syrian crisis lies in Damascus, not Geneva 

NORTH AND EAST SYRIA — In recent statements, Deputy Co-Chair of the Executive Council of the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) Hikmat al-Habib said that the goal of negotiations with Damascus is to preserve the land and sovereignty of the Syrian state while decentralizing and democratizing Syria. Al-Habib stressed that the solution to the Syrian crisis will not be found in Geneva or anywhere else, but in Damascus.

Representatives of the Democratic Autonomous Administration (DAA) of North and East Syria have repeatedly pursued a “Syrian–Syrian” dialogue and expressed their willingness to sit at the table with Damascus, but the regime has not budged.

Al-Habib reiterated the DAA’s willingness to sit down at the negotiating table, stating that they have always been clear about their position towards any dialogue, despite the regime’s lack of meaningful engagement.

He also explained the vision of the SDC, which is open to everyone, pointing out that the SDC knows full well that the solution to the Syrian crisis does not lie in Geneva or anywhere else, and that it must be resolved in Damascus. He stated, “unfortunately the regime has still not moved, and does not care about Russian efforts or the calls of Syrian political forces.”

Al-Habib explained that the SDC’s objectives and principles are clear: to preserve the land and sovereignty of the Syrian state and to build a pluralistic democracy in Syria. He added that the SDC believes in dialogue, and that they have papers and tools to negotiate that they will not give up, except in the best interest of the Syrian people.