The Beirut Secretariat for the Damascus Declaration sent a letter to President Georges W. Bush signed by its secretary, former Syrian MP and member of the National Opposition, and one of the prisoners of conscience Mohamad Mamoun El Homsy, demanding that the Annapolis Peace Conference does not become a place of defeat for the project of freedom and democracy and an incentive for the victory of dictatorship on the ambitions, struggle and hopes of the Syrian people and the peoples in the Middle East region. The letter quotes as follows:
Mr. President Georges W. Bush, President of the United States of America
The peoples of the Middle East region have long awaited, after enduring great sorrow, pain and wars whose victims have always been innocent civilians (women, children, the elderly and promising youth), to reach a just, global and secure peace.
Your initiative to hold the Annapolis Peace Conference and your efforts aiming to establish the sovereign, free and sustainable Palestinian state in compliance with the international resolutions are two positive and vital steps for achieving peace in the region.
We consider that the most important factors for the success of any peace initiative should be based on sound and sincere fundaments and principles, apart from the spreading of animosity, hatred, extremism and terrorism among the peoples of the Middle East region.