Statement from the Coalition for a Democratic Syria on President Obama's Address to the UN

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The Coalition for a Democratic Syria, a coalition of Syrian American groups seeking to end the conflict and foster the transition to a free and democratic Syria, appreciates the comments President Obama made during his address to the UN General Assembly today.

The Syrian opposition is united behind a set of common principles for a democratic and pluralistic Syria, based on respect for human rights and the rule of law.

The Coalition for a Democratic Syria, a coalition of Syrian American groups seeking to end the conflict and foster the transition to a free and democratic Syria, appreciates the comments President Obama made during his address to the UN General Assembly today.

“While statements of support are welcome, the slaughter of tens of thousands of Syrian civilians continues unchecked, and we need action more than words,” said Radwan Ziadeh, a coalition spokesman who recently returned from the frontlines in Syria.

Read: President Obama's speech to the UN general assembly – full transcript [The Guardian]

“The international community must provide the Syrian opposition with the means to protect the Syrian people – particularly defensive anti-aircraft weapons to stop Assad’s planes from bombing towns and murdering innocent civilians – and support for local governing councils striving to provide basic governance in the liberated areas.

“The Syrian opposition is united behind a set of common principles for a democratic and pluralistic Syria, based on respect for human rights and the rule of law. We continue to look to the international community for leadership to help resolve the crisis in Syria, for the future of the Syrian people and for peace and stability in the region.”

For additional information or comment, please contact members of the coalition directly:

Radwan Ziadeh – Executive Director, The Syria Center for Political and Strategic Studies – 571-205-3590

Mahmoud Khattab – Chairman, Coalition for a Democratic Syria – 916-687-1424

Muna Jondy, Esq. – President, United for a Free Syria– 810-241-5273

Mouaz Moustafa – Political Director, United for a Free Syria and Syrian Emergency Task Force – 501-772-0129

Mohammed A. Ghanem – Strategist, Syrian American Council – 571-263-1310

For more information please visit: http://www.americansyriancoalition.org

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United For A Free Syria is a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting democracy, freedom and dignity for the Syrian people. UFS works to ensure that Syria becomes a thriving democracy and a model for its neighbors in the region.

The Coalition for a Democratic Syria was formed in April of 2012 to coordinate the efforts of various Syrian-American groups. The coalition's members are: the Syrian Emergency Task Force, the Syrian American Council, United for a Free Syria, and the Syrian Expatriates Organization.

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