The Syrian opposition has developed a plan for a new leadership council that will be formally introduced during an upcoming meeting in Qatar. The council, known as the Syrian National Initiative, aims to incorporate all factions of the Syrian opposition, moving beyond the long-dominant Syrian National Council.
Also known as the "Riad Seif plan", Syrian National Initiative was published in Arabic on November 1, 2012. This translation was prepared by Carnegie.
In light of the difficult conditions that our country, our great people, and their glorious revolution are going through, it is time for revolutionary and political opposition factions to unite under one leadership framework to end Syrians’ suffering and transition Syria to a democratic, civil, pluralistic, strong, and stable state.
This leadership framework will represent the revolution and its goals and will work to tip the balance of power in favor of the forces working to bring down the Assad regime.
The current situation impresses upon us the need to form a leadership framework that will bring together all revolutionary and opposition forces. Syria is in desperate need of strong leadership that is cooperative and inclusive, a leadership that responds to the needs of the revolution and our steadfast people. Establishing such a framework will ensure that the new leadership enjoys the broad support of the Syrian people and thus has the legitimacy to be recognized as their representative.
We thus plan to form a broad, democratic, and inclusive political leadership to be called the Syrian National Initiative (SNI) and that will be based on the Cairo conference documents that the Syrian opposition agreed to in July 2012. The SNI will support the internal opposition and communicate with it and will be active on regional and international fronts.
The SNI also guarantees that there will be no political vacuum following the regime’s removal from power.
The recognition of this responsibility by all Syrian opposition factions will allow the SNI to work toward realizing the following goals:
The Syrian National Initiative will also work to:
To this end, all factions of the Syrian political opposition, representatives of the Free Syrian Army, military councils, revolutionary forces, local councils, and national figures from the provinces will be invited to participate in this proposed initiative and set up the following four bodies:
The proposed project will be discussed in Doha on November 8 in order to arrive at the best possible framework to finalize the project.
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