Statement of the meeting of the Central Committee of the Syrian Communist Party

The increasing contradictions of modern imperialism threaten not only the independence and progress of peoples, but also the existence of humanity. Which calls for increased efforts to strengthen the international anti-imperialist front.

In its consideration of the latest developments in the region, the Central Committee felt that regional alliances are being developed to serve the expansionist American imperialist policy. The Gulf states have made all the commitments of allegiance to the new US administration. The rapprochement with these countries, especially with Saudi Arabia, is one of the main orientations of the current US administration’s foreign policy. Despite the huge economic difficulties that the Gulf states experience as a result of the low oil prices, huge arms deals are being held with the United States , which will revive the almost subdued American economy. The Gulf axis appears in the form of a military alliance clearly linked to America and less clearly with Israel, under the banner of combating the alleged Iranian expansion. The aggressive actions of this axis are headed in two directions: against Syria and against Yemen. It should be noted that as much as the Yemeni people will suffer as much as the Saudi Arabia will.

At the same time, the Turkish aggression is expanding towards Syria, and the Islamic brotherhood government in Ankara is not hiding its expansionist ambitions by demanding that the Lausanne Agreement should be reconsidered. Despite the increase in the Brotherhood’s dominance of power in Turkey, their status is not settled due to economic difficulties and resistance of the secular circles with wide public influence and the constant tension experienced by the Kurdistan region of Turkey. Turkey’s ruling circles has been trying to overcome economic difficulties by making big deals with Russia, particularly in the fields of gas, oil and nuclear power, and reestablishing Turkish exports to Russia.

The goal that brings together American and Western imperialism in general, international  Zionism, reactionary regimes and agents in the region is to undermine Iran, whose anti-imperialist orientation is clear, and to divide Syria after these forces failed to overthrow it.

The Central Committee considered that during the last period, the struggle of Syrian people has achieved important achievements in confronting the enemies of the country. The most important of these achievements was the complete liberation of Aleppo and the important advance on some of the northern and north-eastern axes that the Syrian army has achieved. Also positive shifts have been achieved in some central regions. Palmyra has been recaptured from the terrorists’ hands and some oil and gas fields have been recovered in the mid-east, which has a positive impact on the fuel supply. The rebels were also removed, in several ways, from sensitive areas in and around the capital. Thus, the immunity of Damascus increased and a large part of the risk was removed. This factor strengthens national steadfastness in general. Even though at the same time rebel forces were redeployed and sent to areas of importance to their masters.

Nonetheless, colonial powers escalated their aggression against the achievements of the Syrian army and its allies. The aggressive forces seek to increase the areas of colonial occupation in Syria. The presence of the US military is being increased in the north-eastern regions. The strike against Syrian airbase (Shairat) on the 7th of April was an embodiment of clear aggressive tendencies, even though the main motive of this aggressive strike was linked to American internal factors. However, this act of aggression is a demonstration of America’s willingness to use all violent tactics against Syria. More recently, the US and British military presence has expanded to the south-eastern regions, relying on their traditional agent the Jordanian regime.

NATO’s Turkey and its puppet forces now occupy important areas northeast of Aleppo. Day after day, steps are being taken to establish absolute Turkish influence in Idlib governorate.

During the meeting between the Russian and Turkish presidents in Sochi at the end of April, “low tension” or “de-escalation” zones were announced in Syria.

During the press conference in which this announcement was declared, there was also declaration that there was no difference between the concepts of “low tension” and “safe areas”. It was clear, as stated at the press conference itself, that the US administration was consulted on this, which in turn expressed its approval to this agreement without joining it. This agreement was subsequently elaborated in the city of Astana at the beginning of May as a tripartite agreement between  Russia, Iran and Turkey.

Although the areas of “low tension” are four, but the most important strategic at the current stage are the northern and southern regions. The Turkish side shows that the “low-tension” northern area has become the region of its absolute influence. Also, the colonial powers seek to make the “low-tension” southern zone as an entry point to increase the aggressive expansionist activity of American and British forces and their Jordanian agent.

It was distinguished that the Russian foreign minister’s visit to Washington, which followed Astana’s declaration of “low-tension” areas, did not lead to the United States joining this consensus framework. The Americans have made it clear that they seek to impose their areas of influence through military operations and occupation of eastern Syria without consensus with other international powers.

The international colonialist and Zionist powers are conspiring to divide Syria. There is no doubt that there are certain differences between the imperialist powers over the form of this process, but not on its content.

The Central Committee believes that within the fierce colonial campaign against the homeland, the main task is to fight the occupiers and terrorist gangs that complement their aggressive actions. And that all national forces must struggle steadfastly for:

  1. To defend national independence.
  2. To defend full national sovereignty.
  3. Struggle for the unity of all Syria.

The Central Committee considers that the difficult situation in the country requires a radical transformation in the socio-economic policy that strengthens the country’s immunity and meets the basic interests of the Syrian people, the main defender of the homeland and the symbol of steadfastness.

The interest of national steadfastness requires a complete break with socio-economic trends of a liberal nature. Including a review of laws that undermine public sector status such as the corporatism law. Encouraging foreign investment in all areas, as provided for by the regulations, means that the state has lost its remaining key positions in the economy. Socially, participation will weaken the working class, which is concentrated in state enterprises and thereby weaken public support of national policy.

There must be a radical revision of how to secure budgetary resources, and this happens not by increasing the indirect taxes and fees, which mainly affect the interest of the hard-working, but also by direct actions against the interests of big capitalism, especially the non-productive, parasitic groups, that these groups should pay taxes compatible with their profits, or by closing the parasitic profit outlets. Thereby, encouraging production and creating important resources in the hands of the state.

In the field of ​​agriculture, large increases in the prices of production inputs, especially fuel and fertilizer, should be reversed and a favorable

 

pricing policy in the purchase of crops should be adopted.

The national policy will find social economic support through the application of policies that reduce the living burdens of the workers and through actions for the benefit of the producers. The Central Committee considers that the alternative to the adoption of economic liberal policy is by adopting the policy of state capitalism of a social nature which means:

-Support for industrial and crafts production.

-Effective support for agricultural production.

-Increasing the role of the intervention of the state, especially in the field of internal trade.

-The actual revival of state establishments in the field of foreign trade.

-Raising salaries and wages to be compatible with rising prices. Making the mechanism of compatibility between salaries and prices a permanent process.

-Expanding the social support for the population systematically rather than in the form of emergency campaigns.

The Central Committee stressed that the socio-economic front has an exceptional role in this national battle of our people. It also stressed the need for dedication to the struggle of the masses by all party’s commissions and to adopt all forms of this struggle, including the simplest.

The crucial stage in which the country is going through confirms and strengthens the validity of the slogan presented by the historic leader of our party Khaled Bagdash: Defending the homeland and defending the people’s bread!

The Central Committee also discussed party publishing, emphasizing its importance as a vital activity for all comrades. And it discussed some organizational matters related to the party’s situation and took appropriate decisions.

The Central Committee also reviewed the campaign of activities carried out by party’s organizations and the youth of Khaled Bagdash in honor of the national and international events and praised them.

The Central Committee thus concluded the work of its meeting.

 

Damascus, May 17

 

The Central Committee of the

Syrian Communist Party