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Intervention in Syrian Democracy

By Jayron Soh, Russian News Agency-TASS

Published: 19 Mar 2019 - 09:44 PM

Kurdish flags being raised proudly in a rally for support of autonomy and independence

Kurdish flags being raised proudly in a rally for support of autonomy and independence

The United Nations Security Council has discussed the topic of political representation in Syria and Kurdistan.

Some members of the UNSC recognised the lack of political representation of the Kurdish in Syria and questioned the legitimacy of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, as well as the process of elections held in Syria.

Some UNSC delegates, such as the American delegate, suggested installing a democratic government in Syria, claiming that Bashar al-Assad’s current regime was illegitimate and noted that in the election held in Syria in 2014, only political parties approved by the government were allowed to partake in the election, hence there was a lack of political representation in the region.

The Rwandan delegate supported this argument by stating that a system of democracy in Syria would be “the aptest and the best” to ensure increased peace and stability in the region. The French delegate further supported this point by bringing up the example of the region of Rojava, a Kurdish autonomous region in Northern Syria, stating that free and fair elections in the region would be able to create a political representation for the Kurds in Syria.

Meanwhile, the Russian delegate argued that Assad is indeed the legitimate ruler of Syria and that there is no reason to take action through installing a democratic government in Syria since the issue is already being resolved by the Syrian government itself by holding elections in which Syrians could vote. The Russian delegate then further questioned why the UNSC must impose any new system on Syria when solutions are already being carried out.

The Russian delegate proposed that the Syrian constitutional committee should be discussed, instead of new ideas such as the elections proposed by the United States. The Russian delegate then stated that it was ironic that the United States, supposedly the champion of liberty, was imposing its own ideologies on other states.

Meanwhile, the delegate of the United Kingdom suggested that negotiations should be carried out as Assad needs to be incentivised to agree with any measures being taken instead of carrying out forceful implementation. This is because if the United States were to carry out such forceful implementation of a democratic system to the Kurds without the consent of Assad, the Kurds may face even more consequences dealt by the Syrian government.

As the discussion on the issue came to a close, the parties remained firm on their stances. No clear consensus could be reached for the discussions on the political representation in Syria before the council adjourned.