Syria turned into an arena for regional and international conflict, Kurdish politician says


ARA News – Exclusive 

Hasaka, Syria– Suleiman Osso, member of the Political Committee of the Kurdish Yekiti Party in Syria and a former political prisoner, talked to ARA News about the Syrian crisis and the current political situation of Syria’s Kurds. 

Osso accused the international community of being indifferent in finding a solution for the crisis in Syria, adding that some of the parties involved “try to turn the revolution into a sectarian conflict between Sunnis and Alawites”.

“Syria has turned into an arena for regional and international conflict,” Osse stated to ARA News. “There is no real solution looming for the Syrian crisis.”  

Commenting on the militarization of the popular uprising in Syria, Osso said: “The peaceful protests which began in 2011 turned into an armed struggle because of the Syrian regime’s excessive use of violence against the peaceful protesters which drove people to taking up arms for self-defence. And that was a critical mistake which the rebels fell in.”   

Osso also expressed his beliefs that there is no solution other than a political solution, adding that an international agreement is required to start the third round of Geneva peace conference. 

“No more time should be lost and all the parties involved have to start to play a constructive role in finding a political solution,” Osso said. 

Syria Kurds  

Osso turned to talk about the attempts to unite the stance of the Kurdish parties and the efforts of the president of Iraqi Kurdistan, Masoud Barzani, which “were crowned with signing the Erbil Agreement between the Kurdish National Council (KNC) and the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Council of Western Kurdistan”. “But the lack of commitment from the part of the PYD-led People’s Council of Western Kurdistan and their formation of military forces unilaterally emptied the agreement from its contents,” Osso argued. 

“Some political forces of other parts of Kurdistan Region of Iraq bear part of the responsibility for PYD’s lack of commitment to the signed agreements with the KNC. However, there is no alternative to Erbil Agreement between the two councils,” said Osso, adding: “One suggestion might be holding a national conference for Syrian Kurds with the participation of the main political forces of all the parts of Kurdistan under the patronage of President Masoud Barzani to put pressure on the two councils so that they adhere to the decisions issued by the conference.”  

In regard with the non-existence of a KNC military force, Osso said: “This doesn’t mean that we aren’t able to take action regarding the developments which occur in Syria and the Kurdish areas, as the KNC has the support of the absolute majority of the Kurdish people in Syria and the national, regional and international recognition as a representative of Syria’s Kurds. The KNC’s representation in the peace talks in Geneva 2 is the biggest proof of that.” 

“However, the KNC needs to review its structure and procedure rules so that each party or faction be actively represented in the council,” Osso emphasized.  

Osso concluded his interview with ARA News by referring to the PYD-led self-rule administration in areas where Kurds constitute a majority in north and northeastern Syria, saying: “The chances of success for the PYD’s administration in areas of Kobane, Efrin and al-Jazeera (northeast) are very little as it lacks the participation and agreement of other Kurdish political forces, in addition to the lack of regional and international recognition unlike what happened in Iraqi Kurdistan in 1991 when the Iraqi central government had to withdraw and was replaced with a Kurdish administration.” 

“The PYD bears the responsibility of its unjust policies, and the Kurdish public is starting to become discontented with its practices,” Osso said.


Interviewed by: Sipan al-Kurdi

Source: ARA News


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