BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – Members of the Syrian Democratic Council met in Tabqa, in the opposition-held Raqqa Governorate on Monday, in order to establish a united opposition team ahead of planned talks with Damascus.
President of the SDC – a Kurdish-led alliance of Syrian opposition forces consisting largely of US-backed Kurdish SDF forces – Riad Darar, stressed that the aim of the meeting is to create a “negotiating base” for future contacts with the Syrian government.
“US and Russia agreed that there must be a solution in the region,” stated SDC President Riad Darar.
“If we are attacked we will defend ourselves, and if we were not attacked, thus our slogan became clear: we are supporting the negotiations and the political solution,” he added.
SOT, Riad Darar, President of Syrian Democratic Council (Arabic): “We will develop the project of self-administrating project and the civil councils, so that they would be one self-administration in north-east of Syria.”
M/S Meeting *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Riad Darar, President of Syrian Democratic Council (Arabic): “We are not considering forming a government. We are a governance administration running the issues in an ordered way, but it is not a government, it is just an administration which can serve people’s needs in a way which serves their tracks (and) what they might have suffered after the occupation, or in other words; the domination of ISIS on some areas, and also to build the locations and areas after liberation.”
C/U Meeting *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Journalist (Arabic): “How are you dealing with the treats of the regime and its investments in North of Syria?
SOT, Riad Darar, President of Syrian Democratic Council (Arabic): “We think that these threatening are just words not deeds, for the regime cannot execute its threatening, neither its circumstances nor its reality now, it is busy in many areas, then; there is an agreement regarding the region between Russia and the US. US and Russia agreed that there must be a solution in the region. If we are attacked we will defend ourselves, and if we were not attacked thus our slogan became clear: we are supporting the negotiations and the political solution.”
SOT, Hussam Alloush, Participant in Syrian Democratic Council (Arabic): “It is time to prepare ourselves to oust the foreigners from our country. One of the major obstacles in front of the national work is that there are some foreigners in this country. Let us conflict with each other politically without any foreign interventions, so, this point was not mentioned – and I don’t know if I am accurate in this matter – but I did not see any critical view or demands of ousting the foreigners from Syria.”
SOT, Hussam Alloush, Participant in Syrian Democratic Council (Arabic): “The terrorist organisations in all Syrian villages and towns should be ousted, in this process, the Syrian government should prevail in order to start a political dialogue for Syria. The political solution would be difficult as long as terrorism is amongst us.”