Week Ending Friday, December 14, 2007

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Author: George W. Bush  | Date: December 14, 2007

Statement on the Formation of the National Council of the Damascus Declaration,
December 14, 2007

I applaud the recent formation of the national council of the Damascus Declaration in Damascus, Syria. The brave men and women who formed this council reflect the desires of the majority of Syrian people to live in freedom, democracy, and peace, both at home and alongside their neighbors in the region.

The Syrian regime continues to hold hundreds of prisoners of conscience and has arrested more than 30 national council members in the past few days. All those detained should be released immediately.

The Syrian regime continues to deny its citizens fundamental human rights, including freedom of expression, freedom of movement, and the right to elect a representative government responsive to their needs. The formation of the national council is an encouraging sign to all people who support freedom and democracy. We support the national council’s principles of nonviolent struggle and open membership to all the people of Syria who believe the time has come for change.

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Chicago: George W. Bush, "Statement on the Formation of the National Council of the Damascus Declaration, December 14, 2007," Week Ending Friday, December 14, 2007 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, December 14, 2007 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2007), 43:1592 Original Sources, accessed July 19, 2019, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=2P28EYKB3GTLUGU.

MLA: Bush, George W. "Statement on the Formation of the National Council of the Damascus Declaration, December 14, 2007." Week Ending Friday, December 14, 2007, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, December 14, 2007 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2007), 43:1592, Original Sources. 19 Jul. 2019. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=2P28EYKB3GTLUGU.

Harvard: Bush, GW, 'Statement on the Formation of the National Council of the Damascus Declaration, December 14, 2007' in Week Ending Friday, December 14, 2007. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, December 14, 2007 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2007), 43:1592. Original Sources, retrieved 19 July 2019, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=2P28EYKB3GTLUGU.