Office of the Press Secretary
December 13, 2006
President's Statement on the Government of Syria
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.
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 in Lebanon 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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