Syrian Unity

Press Statement
Jen Psaki
Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 15, 2013

The United States welcomes recent decisions taken by the Syrian Opposition Coalition’s General Assembly, including the inclusion of the Kurdish National Council (KNC) under its umbrella. This merger reflects a spirit of cooperation among all of Syria’s communities and we look forward to working closely with the KNC’s representatives in the Coalition.

It has been our longstanding position that a political solution in Syria should achieve a united, democratic and pluralistic state where every Syrian citizen enjoys the same rights under the law regardless of religious or ethnic background. In addition, as we affirmed in the recent communique of the London 11 countries on October 22, the United States believes that any political solution must preserve the sovereignty, independence, unity, and territorial integrity of the Syrian state.

We look forward to working with the Coalition and all of its members as they prepare for the Geneva II conference. Negotiations will take place through the mediation of the Joint Special Representative, between a single delegation of the Syrian regime and a single delegation of the opposition, of which the Syrian Opposition Coalition should be the lead, as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people.

PRN: 2013/1420