Joint Statement by Syrian Civil Society: Sochi Conference Threatens Syria Peace Process

Syrian Civil Society released a joint statement on the 3rd of January 2018 expressing its disapproval of the structure of the Russian-planned "Syrian Congress on National Dialogue" in Sochi. It rejects Russia's role - as a major conflict actor - in holding such a congress, in addition to the congress's apparent neglect for a genuine political transition and its advancement of a political process that does not include elements of adherence to justice. The statement warns of the implications that UN participation might carry in legitimising the Assad regime and thwarting the aspirations of the Syrian people for a free, democratic and just country.


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