Abdul Salam Ahmed, member of the Executive Committee of the Democratic Society Movement in Syria (TEV-DEM)
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ARA News – Exclusive
Qamishli, Syria – The Democratic Society Movement in Syria (TEV-DEM) is one of the major Kurdish political groups which was established by the Democratic Union Party (PYD) –affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). TEV-DEM has been one of the players in founding civil society organizations in Syrian Kurdish areas.
Abdul Salam Ahmed, a member of the Executive Committee of TEV-DEM, spoke in an exclusive interview with ARA News about the upcoming negotiations in Moscow between the Syrian regime and the opposition.
The Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and other political figures are invited to participate in the negotiations.
We Believe in Political Solution
Ahmad talked about TEV-DEM’s belief in a political solution in Syria, stressing that they have always condemned militarization of the crisis.
“The conflicting Parties need to work on achieving a peaceful solution for the crisis,” he said.
“We should openly address the reasons which led Syria to this dark tunnel of hostility and violence, especially after the unprecedented expansion of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) over a wide geographic area, threatening world peace,” Ahmad told ARA News.
Ahmed pointed out that the Russians efforts are for renewing peace initiatives between the opposition and the Syrian regime.
Kurdish participation in Moscow talks
“One of the Kurdish figures invited to Moscow negotiations is comrade Saleh Muslim, co-chair of the PYD,” Ahmed said.
Ahmed also pointed out that they hoped to participate in these talks with a delegation on behalf of the Kurdish Political Reference if the Kurdish National Council (KNC) was not encountering some internal rifts.
The Kurdish Political Reference is an inclusive body which was established weeks ago after an agreement was reached between rival Syrian Kurdish parties, including the KNC and the PYD.
“Some of the KNC members deliberately thwart this national project,” Ahmad argued.
The Kurdish Auto-Administration will take part in Moscow talks, according to Ahmad.
“After the incidents of Shingal (northern Iraq where Kurdish Yezidi minority was exposed to IS attacks) and Kobane’s steadfastness in the face of ISIS radicals, Rojava (Syrian Kurdish areas) has drawn the interest of the international openness,” the Kurdish politician said.
“International official delegations have recently visited the areas controlled by the Auto-Administration,” he added, pointing out that neither efforts will succeed without the participation of “Rojava’s” Auto-Administration.
The Auto-Administration was established by the PYD and other allied forces in the Kurdish majority areas in northern Syria nearly one year ago, in an attempt to fill the security vacuum caused by a partial withdrawal of the regime forces from these areas. However, the KNC has for long considered this administration as an agenda by the PYD to manipulate power in the Kurdish areas and exclude other forces from the decision-making process.
Moscow talks.. a glimmer of hope
Abdul Salam Ahmed, member of the Executive Committee of the Democratic Society Movement (TEV-DEM) described Moscow peace talks end of January as a way of finding “a glimmer of light at the end of a dark spiral”.
“It is one of the steps that we hope to lead all Syrians to a safe haven after nearly four years of bloody crisis,” he said.
“We aspire to a pluralistic, decentralized democratic state in Syria, and to achieve this we all need to gather at one table and put aside our personal and partisan interests for the sake of our people.”
Interview by: Dilshad Mohammad
Sources: ARA News