Syrian opposition ‘implicitly’ agreed on Kurdish demand of federalism, KNC member says

 

29-08-2013

 

ARA News 

Istanbul, Turkey − In an interview with ARA News, Mustafa Sino, the member of the national and foreign relations committee in the Kurdish National Council in Syria (KNC) said that the agreement reached between the KNC and the Syrian National Coalition (SNC)  lasted several days where negotiations had been held between both councils. 

“The agreement does not mean that the Kurdish National Council (KNC) has become part of the coalition, because no final decision has been taken by neither party regarding certain issues,” Sino said. 

Referring to the phrase “administrative decentralization” −for Kurds in Syria’s Kurdish areas− as mentioned in the agreement’s document, Sino said: “As we (KNC) did not exclude the aspiration of establishing a federal state in Syria, we have implicitly agreed on the use of the phrase ‘administrative decentralization’. However, the Coalition expressed fears regarding federalism, considering it a potential step towards separation by Kurds.” 

On a question about the Syrian National Coalition’s position on the Islamist armed groups’ attacks −in cooperation with brigades from the Free Syrian Army (FSA)− against the Kurdish areas in northern Syria, Sino said: “As we did in the past, we will condemn any attack by any group against the Kurdish areas. We will never hesitate to take action and defend our areas, and our stance will be clear in this issue, regardless of the coalition’s attitude. This issue may remain a source of dispute between the KNC and the SNC.” 

Next to the KNC, another Kurdish political umbrella was formed in July 2012. The Kurdish Supreme Committee (KSC) was established to bring together all Kuridsh political parties in Syria −Basically the member parties in the Kurdish National Council and the Democratic Union Party (PYD). However, activists criticized the PYD’s monopoly on the decision-making process in the Supreme Committee.  

“The practices of the Kurdish Supreme Committee forced the KNC to hold talks with the Syrian National Coalition individually,” Sino argued.  

 

Interview by: Rebwar Boski

Source: ARA News

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