Support Dialogue-Oppose Intervention in Syria
Dear President Obama:
(Cc: Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General)
According to the latest opinion poll commissioned by the Doha Debates, reported in a Gulf Times report, Syrians are quite supportive of their president (Bashar Al-Assad) with 55% wanting him to remain in office. The poll questioned more than 1,000 people between December 14 and 19, 2011. All the different ethnic and religious minorities were represented in the poll and also support the current government of Syria.
We, citizens of every country and of every nationality, believe that dialogue and mediation must be upheld as the fundamental internationalist principle in resolving internal conflicts within nations.
We demand that any and all foreign governments cease calls for foreign, "No Fly Zones", "humanitarian" missions or any other intervention that escalates the violence and causes the loss of many innocent lives as was the case in Libya.We furthermore call for the defense of the Syrian government's sovereignty and call for reconciliation between the different social forces in that country as the current government sees appropriate. When a nation wants to change, nothing will keep them from doing so. However, foreign interferences only delay and undermine their legitimate demands.
Therefore, we, the undersigned, ask all who stand on the side of dialogue and peaceful resolution of conflicts to sign this petition and widely distribute it. Copies of this petition with the signatures will be faxed to President Obama and the UN Secretary General.
Thank you for your concern!
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