The Syrian Democratic Council

A seminar held by SDC for intellectuals in Qamishli.

The Syrian Democratic Council, SDC, organized a dialogue seminar in the city of Qamishli in northeastern Syria, to discuss the prospects for a political solution and the challenges facing the region and the Autonomous Administration.
Intellectuals from the Qamishli region and its countryside participated in the symposium. The symposium dealt with two parts, one of which was the discussion of the political aspect, the prospect of a political solution, and the path led by the SDC to resolve the Syrian crisis.
During the first part, the President of the Executive Board of the Syrian Democratic Council, Ilham Ahmed, spoke about the current political situation in Syria, and the repercussions of the international events for the Syrian file.
Ahmed pointed out that there is a state of stagnation for the Syrian crisis, despite the tensions in the various Syrian regions.

She attributed the tense situation in Daraa province to a power struggle, “what Daraa is witnessing today is a power struggle with the opposition, including a struggle between regional and international parties such as Russia and Iran.”
She stressed that the deterioration of the economic situation includes the entire Syrian geography, noting that the areas under the control of the Damascus government are the most affected, “and we note the demonstrations that permeate areas under the control of the regime.”
Regarding the impact of the areas of north and east Syria by the siege imposed on Syria, as a result of the closure of the border crossings with northern and eastern Syria by the Damascus government, which are under the control of the mercenaries of the Turkish occupation, Ilham Ahmed said, “northern and eastern Syria is affected by the siege as well, we are studying the situation with what we have of the siege in which they are external and internal, and the closure of the crossings with the regime’s areas,” stressing that there are “local production methods.”
And she continued: “about the economic side, there are communication and workshops that are directly related to the community. As well as working on economic projects, the most prominent of these projects are securing water to the city of Al-Hasaka, supporting agricultural projects, and education.”
The Executive President of the Syrian Democratic Council, Ilham Ahmed, also touched on dialogues taking place with international powers, to introduce the project of Autonomous Administration and to turn it into a model that is applied in all regions of Syria.
Ilham Ahmed referred to the challenges facing northern and eastern Syria, considering the statements of the Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad about the decentralized system of government in Syria, and about Syria that will not return to the pre-2011 situation, as “a positive thing”, and she said in this regard: “We are also as the members of the Syrian Democratic Council, we insist that Syria will not return to before the crisis,” and stressed that the decentralization project is the basic of the Autonomous Administration project.
Speaking about the Syrian crisis and prospects for a solution, she indicated that Syria’s dilemma is still far from a political solution, “Turkey still occupies large areas in Syria, and millions of displaced people are still outside their lands and regions, so the solution in Syria is very difficult, and it must be an international consensus to bring Syria to a solution,” she said, adding, “We have asked many countries to support a political process regarding Syria for a Syrian-Syrian dialogue.
During her speech, Ilham Ahmed pointed to place Turkey’s Ahrar al-Sharqiya mercenaries on the list of international terrorism, and said: “This decision marks the beginning of opening the way for other groups of mercenaries to be placed on the list of terrorism.”
At the conclusion of her speech, she stressed the need to work on liberating the occupied Syrian territories, ensuring the return of refugees to their homes, as well as doing serious dialogues with the regime in which all Syrians get benefits.