Week Ending Friday, December 15, 2006

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Author: George W. Bush  | Date: December 13, 2006

Statement on the Government of Syria,
December 13, 2006

The United States supports the Syrian people’s desire for democracy, human rights, and freedom of expression. Syrians deserve a government whose legitimacy is grounded in the consent of the people, not brute force.

The Syrian regime should immediately free all political prisoners, including Aref Dalila, Michel Kilo, Anwar al-Bunni, Mahmoud Issa, and Kamal Labwani. I am deeply troubled by reports that some ailing political prisoners are denied health care while others are held in cells with violent criminals.

Syria should disclose the fate and whereabouts of the many missing Lebanese citizens who "disappeared" following their arrest inLebanon during the decades of Syrian military occupation. The Syrian regime should also cease its efforts to undermine Lebanese sovereignty by denying the Lebanese people their right to participate in the democratic process free of foreign intimidation and interference.

The people of Syria hope for a prosperous future with greater opportunities for their children and for a government that fights corruption, respects the rule of law, guarantees the rights of all Syrians, and works toward achieving peace in the region.

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Chicago: George W. Bush, "Statement on the Government of Syria, December 13, 2006," Week Ending Friday, December 15, 2006 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, December 15, 2006 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2006), 42:2156-2157 Original Sources, accessed July 16, 2019, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=1RB62CY8AQY2T58.

MLA: Bush, George W. "Statement on the Government of Syria, December 13, 2006." Week Ending Friday, December 15, 2006, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, December 15, 2006 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2006), 42:2156-2157, Original Sources. 16 Jul. 2019. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=1RB62CY8AQY2T58.

Harvard: Bush, GW, 'Statement on the Government of Syria, December 13, 2006' in Week Ending Friday, December 15, 2006. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, December 15, 2006 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2006), 42:2156-2157. Original Sources, retrieved 16 July 2019, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=1RB62CY8AQY2T58.