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  2. Damascus shall not become Aleppo

    The ice-breaking offer for direct negotiations with the Assad government by the leader of the “Syrian National Coalition” indicates a significant shift. Important parts of the population including the Sunni elites want to avoid a further (sectarian) escalation. It is deemed a price too high to be paid. They want to save their capital Damascus from the fate suffered by Homs and Aleppo.

    http://www.antiimperialista.org/node/107037

    Support the international initiative for a political solution:
    http://www.peaceinsyria.org

  3. Extract of the 2nd statement of the international initiative:

    We, a movement of peace-activists, intellectuals and members of the international civil society, have established contacts with the Syrian political forces who are willing to engage a POLITICAL DIALOGUE under conditions which eventually could lead to a cease-fire and a political transition acceptable to all people who truly want peace in Syria and in the whole area. We also established contacts with members of the Syrian civil society and people on the ground.

    Not very long ago these goals seemed to be completely utopian, since neither of both sides inside Syria proved its serious will to start political negotiations. Since about one month this situation suddenly started to change: first, a high level personality of the regime broke the silence of more than one year openly declaring that a military victory was impossible to achieve and that the government should look out for a political solution. And now even Washington seem to look for possibilities of a negotiated settlement.

    On the other side the Coordinator of the Syrian National Coalition all of a sudden declared that he was ready to start a dialogue even with the Assad-regime under the condition that it would release the prisoners it is keeping in jails since the outbreak of the conflict, whereupon president Assad himself said he was ready for a “dialogue without preconditions.” Other personalities from the opposition seem also to be ready to make their contribution to a dialogue process.

    This is also the main reason why the undersigned members of the international civil society believe that these efforts from above have to be accompanied by a solid, coherent, representative and honest (sincere) PEACE-MAKING PROCESS FROM BELOW in order to enhance a negotiated settlement for a democratic transition. We, therefore, continue our efforts, preparing -as a first step- our visit to Damascus in the near future in order to meet civil society representatives of all sides, to express our support and solidarity to all those striving with political means, to present them our main ideas and to exchange our thoughts. Last but not least to render our services:

    * for a transition towards democracy

    * against the sectarian civil war

    * preserve the national sovereignty and to oppose foreign military intervention.

    entire statement:

    http://www.peaceinsyria.org/statement2nd.html

    Signatories:

    Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Nobel Peace Price Laureate, Argentina; Raúl Vera, Catholic bishop, Mexico;
    Manolis Glezos, Resistance Fighter against Nazi occupation, Greece; Hans von Sponeck, Retired UN diplomat, university professor, Germany; Walden Bello, MP Akbayan, professor for sociology, Philippines; Norman Paech, Professor for Int’l Law University Hamburg, MP for the “Linke”, Germany; Annette Groth, MP for the “Linke”, Germany; Odysseas Voudouris, MP, Greece; Vicent Garcés, Diputado Europeo, España; Jesus Iglesias Fernández, Senator, Spain; Manuel Garcia Fonseca, former MP and speaker CSCA (Committee for the Arab Cause), Spain; Gaspar Llamazares Trigo, MP, Spain; Lyssaridis Vassos, former President of Parliament, Cyprus; Nikolaos Houndis, Member of EU Parliament, Greece; Santiago Alba Rico, writer, Spain / Tunisia; Tariq Ali, writer, Britain; Jan Myrdal, Writer, Sweden; Gretta Duisenberg, Free Gaza Movement, Stop the Occupation, Netherlands; Paul Larudee, Free Gaza Movement, Free Palestine Movement, Global March to Jerusalem, USA; Pedro Rojo, president of Foundation Al Fanar, member of CEOSI, Spain; Alejandro Bendana, sociologist, UN-officer for peacemaking, Nicaragua; Francois Houtart, sociologist of religion and co-founder of the World Social Forum, Belgium; Gilberto López y Rivas, social anthropologist, Mexico; Leo Gabriel, social anthropologist, journalist,member of IC of the World Social Forum, Austria; Vangelis Pissias, Professor, leading organiser of Gaza Freedom flotilla, Greece; Mireille Fanon Mendès-France, journalist and activist, France; Werner Ruf, Retired university professor, Germany; Carlos Varea González, CEOSI, http://www.iraqsolidaridad.org, Spain; Heike Händel, MP “Die Linke”, Germany; Reiner Braun, International Association Of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms, Germany

    Delegation participants:
    http://www.peaceinsyria.org/delegation.php

    Founding platform of the initiative:

    http://www.peaceinsyria.org/mission.html

    Endorse the platform:

    http://www.peaceinsyria.org/support.php

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