Assayish forces deny Kurdish leader access to Syria

Saud al-Mulla, Secretary of the KDPS. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan– After three days of trying to enter the Syrian northern city of Derbassiyeh from Turkey, Saud al-Mulla, Secretary of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Syria (PDKS), remains stuck at the Turkish side of the borders as the Assayish forces deny him access to Syria.

Mulla was elected in last April as secretary of the KDPS, after the party’s foundational conference in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan, which brought together four Kurdish parties known for their opposition to the Democratic Union Party (PYD) –political leadership of the Assayish forces.

Mulla said that he will eventually enter ‘Western Kurdistan’ (Syria’s northern areas where Kurds constitute majority) “whatever the results”, adding that the PYD is taking actions that may strain the relationship between the two Kurdish Councils (the Kurdish National Council KNC and the PYD-linked People’s Council of Western Kurdistan).

Mustafa Osso, member of the political bureau of the KDPS, told ARA News that this action (of denying Mulla access to Syria) is “another oppressive practice by the PYD”.

“Preventing citizens from returning to their country is condemned. Such practices by the PYD and its armed forces do not serve the unity of Kurds in this critical phase,” Osso argued. “We should take the advantage of any opportunity to serve the national cause and the aspirations of our people and gain the Kurdish legitimate rights in Syria.”

Noteworthy, the PYD-linked Assayish prevented mid-April other members of the KDPS from entering Syrian territory through the borders with Iraqi Kurdistan. KDPS members, including Haji Kalo and Salih Jameel (members of the KDPS’ Central Committee), who intended to cross the borders were detained by the Assayish instead, and after five days of detention they were sent back to Iraqi Kurdistan –where they held their party’s foundational conference.


Reporting by: Azad Jamkari

Source: ARA News

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