Syrian Kurds say attempts to label YPG terrorists will fail

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Kurds bury YPG fighters killed during clashes against ISIS in Aleppo. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Mustafa Bali, a media officer of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), said that Turkey’s attempts to label the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) as a terrorist group will fail. This comes after the Syrian opposition on 29 July called the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) terrorists in an official statement.

“The Syrian Democratic Forces and the People’s Protection Units are part of an international coalition of 73 countries, and Turkey has tried hard to convince the world to place them in the lists of terrorism and failed miserably,” Bali said. “The world’s confidence in these forces has increased, and Turkey’s proxies within the coalition mercenaries [opposition] or some Kurdish leaders will not be able to offend the Syrian Democratic Forces,” he added.

He suggested that the Syrian opposition and Turkey cannot accept that the SDF forces are beating ISIS in it’s so-called capital of Raqqa.

Furthermore, Bali criticized the Kurdish National Council (KNC), accusing the Barzani-backed group of accepting the content of the opposition’s statement.

However, the Kurdish National Council (KNC) in a statement said the opposition statement was ‘without the approval of the KNC’. Moreover, a KNC official told the channel Kurdistan24 that they do not consider the PYD a terrorist organization.

“At the same time as we announce to the public opinion our objection to this statement, we demand the Coalition to respect the views of its components and clarify the attitude from all terrorist factions based on the terrorist regulations issued by the international community and its relevant institutions such as the UN Security Council, the United Nations and others,” the KNC said.

“We also stress our objection to the non-consensual manner in which the statement was issued,” the KNC bloc in the Syrian opposition said.

The general secretary of the Kurdish Democratic Progressive Party in Syria, Abdulhamid Darwish, a former member of both the KNC and the Syrian opposition coalition that participated in Geneva on behalf of the Syrian opposition, rejected the statement of the opposition.

“We don’t defend (YPG), from a purely national point of view [as a Kurdish organization], but from being a force that has proved its presence in the face of extremism and terrorism and learned it harsh lessons in different parts of the country and made great sacrifices in this field,” Darwish said.

Darwish rejected Syrian opposition’s claims that the YPG was involved in ethnic cleansing, although ‘it undoubtedly made mistakes here and there,” he said. “In the face of these obscure forces [ISIS], they did not carry out ethnic cleansing against other components, especially not against our Arab brothers, but protected them [Arabs] in Kurdish areas and outside [of Kurdish areas],” he added.

“Now it includes a large number of fighters from these components [Arabs, Christians, and others], which is almost half of the strength of these units,” Darwish added.

“On this occasion, we turn to the opposition forces in general, and especially the Syrian National Coalition, to stop distorting the image of the Kurdish people and their honorable national struggle and we  call on Haitham al-Maleh [Syrian opposition member who called the PYD terrorists] and those who share him in this attitude to abandon this narrow nationalistic thinking and stand united in the face of this obscurity forces that  threatens the Syrian homeland and its unity,” he concluded.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News

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