Notes from Damascus

 —  December 22, 2013 — 3 Comments

Turnpike Lane station, Damascus by Lindsey Clarke

The WikiLeaks Party will participate in a solidarity delegation to Syria to promote peace and reconciliation.

The delegation is the first Australian solidarity delegation to Syria on this level. The idea of the solidarity visit is to promote peace and transparency of the Syrian.

The main purposes of the visit are:

  1. To show solidarity with the Syrian people and their nation.
  2. To deepen our understandings of the social processes in Syria – the conflict, the humanitarian situation, conflict resolution, the political reform process.
  3. To have face to face meetings with a range of Syrians and to observe the country.

The delegation consists of representatives from The Wikieaks Party, academics and activists on Syrian issues.

The WikiLeaks Party was the first party in Australia to warn of the deadly consequences of any Western military intervention in Syria. It went further by questioning the credibility of the excuses of such intervention based on unsubstantiated reports of the Syrian Army’s use of chemical weapons against Syrian civilians. Such claims that reminded us the same excuses used to invade Iraq. Such claims that turned out to be no more than fabrications and lies.

While the WikiLeaks Party recognises the needs for political reforms in Syria and to fight against corruption and abuses of human rights, it does not support achieving this by violence, Western military intervention and destruction of the country. The Western military intervention in Libya proves that any similar intervention in Syria would have resulted in devastating consequences.

The WikiLeaks Party openly and strongly supports peaceful negotiation as the only way out of the deadly crisis. Geneva II is the only hope for the Syrian people to end violence and start the rebuilding of the country (both politically and economically). This is why we supported participation in this delegation that calls for a peaceful settlement to the crisis through agreed political and economical reforms.

The WikiLeaks Party’s participation in the delegation will send a clear message to Syrian people that large sections of the Australian people oppose violent methods of changing governments and regimes.

Due to security concerns and because of the high levels of violence in Syria, we cannot give detailed information about the delegation.

We will update the WikiLeaks Party members, supporters and Australians in general with the details of the visit when circumstances allow. We expect that once we arrive in Syria, we will be able to post more news about the visit.


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