PYD holds conference in Hasakah Governorate to discuss future of Rojava


PYD conference in Sere Kaniye city in Syria's northeastern Hasakah Governorate, 16 Jan. 2017. Photo: ARA News

ARA News 

Sere Kaniye – The Democratic Union Party (PYD) held a conference in Sere Kaniye city on Monday, bringing together participants from the self-administration and the opposition blocs. The party’s co-chairs, Salih Muslim and Asiya Abdullah, directed the conference.

The PYD was established in 2003, and it has been expanding its political project in northern Syria ever since. The Kurdish party has been exposed to wide-ranging criticism from the opposition, which contends that the party monopolizes power and silences its political opponents.

However, the PYD has been able to form a broad coalition which presides over a system of cantons and participatory self-administrations. The party aims to transform the vacuum they confronted at the start of Syria’s 6-year-long crisis, into an autonomous federal region.

Jiwan Mustafa, the party’s Official Spokesman, told ARA News: “We have discussed the future of this region during the conference today. We also elected new members to represent our office in Sere Kaniye.”

The Sere Kaniya conference was one of the largest in the city’s history. Participants hailed it as breaking new ground and Mustafa said that the PYD “in this part of Rojava, has entered a new era with this conference.”

Jinan Isso, a member of the PYD’s General Coordination Committee, told ARA News that his party intends to organize similar conferences in different parts of Rojava, over the next few months. “This conference is part of a series of conferences that will be held accordingly in every area.”

“The conference hosted representatives from various political parties and the self-administration, intellectuals and politicians,” Isso explained. “Crucial issues have been discussed today, at the top of them the future of Rojava amid the ongoing developments in Syria and the region.”

Reporting by: Heysem Haci | Source: ARA News 

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