This translation was prepared by Carnegie.

A conference for democratic Syrian opposition forces residing in the country was held in Damascus. It was attended by the following political parties:

  1. The parties of the National Coordination Body (NCB). This is an umbrella coalition which includes the Democratic Arab Socialist Union party, the Democratic Union Party, the Democratic Socialist Arab Baath Party, the Arab Socialist Movement, the Communist Party-Politburo, the Body of Syrian Communists and the Democratic Islamic Trend.
  2. The National Development Party
  3. The Solidarity Party
  4. The National Trend
  5. The Kurdistan Democratic Party of Syria
  6. The Assyrian Democratic Party
  7. The Social Democratic Party
  8. The Body of Experts
  9. The New Syrian Movement
  10. The Arab Organization for Human Rights
  11. Syrian Women
  12. The Civil Association for Combating Zionism
  13. Various other youth organizations, civil society groups, national figures and activists in the Syrian popular opposition.
The National Charter -as agreed upon by opposition figures during their meetings in Cairo on 2 July 2012- as well as the “Fundamental Principles” and the “Vision for the Transitional Phase” (two documents drafted by the Conference’s Preparatory Committee) were presented to the Conference. After extensive deliberations on the above-mentioned documents, the delegates agreed on the following recommendations and resolutions: 
  1. The Conference endorses the documents presented to it and considers that its vision of the current and transitional situation completes what had previously been agreed upon at the Syrian opposition conference in Cairo. 
  2. The Conference proclaimed that the regime’s strategy of responding to a popular revolution demanding liberty, dignity and democracy through the adoption of a security and military solution has led to widespread violence and created an environment which can easily be exploited by very different and conflicting agendas. The conference therefore calls for an immediate cessation of violence by both the regime and armed opposition forces. The truce should be monitored by appropriate Arab and international supervision.
  3. The Conference calls upon Mr. Lakhdar Ibrahimi, the envoy of both the UN and Arab Initiative, to convene an international conference on Syria with the participation of all concerned parties. Its mission should be to research the ideal political means by which to begin a transitional phase that would guarantee a safe transition to a pluralistic democratic system.
  4. The Conference calls upon all elements of the Syrian opposition both inside and outside the country to accede to the necessity of comprehensive and fundamental democratic change capable of meeting the demands for which the Syrian people rose in revolt while at the same time preserving Syria’s unity, security and territorial integrity. Only this can enable the Syrian people to work together for the sake of the changes they wish to see implemented; moreover, Syrians must enact this change by their own hands and in accordance with their own wishes.
  5. The Conference calls for the immediate release of all Syrian detainees, including Dr. Abd al-Aziz al-Khair, Professor Iyyas Ayyash and Professor Mahr al-Tahan (all three members of the Syria Salvation Conference). The Conference also insists that the fate of all missing persons be made public, and that all displaced Syrians be allowed to return to their homes with dignity.
  6. The Conference resolved to continue operations through a series of specialized workshops that will investigate all the issues and means of rescuing Syria, as well as putting in place appropriate plans and programs that can be executed in a like manner.
  7. The Conference resolved to form a follow-up committee (out of the Preparatory Committee) containing representatives of all elements, parties, and civilian bodies now participating in the Conference to follow up on the implementation of the Conference’s recommendations and resolutions.
September 22, 2012