Ibrahim Bero, leader of the Kurdish Yekiti Party in Syria, revealed that the President of the Kurdistan Region in Iraq Massud Barzani, who is sponsoring negotiations between Syrian Kurdish political parties, “will not accept the domination of a sole political power on the entire Kurdish region in Syria”.
In an exclusive interview with ARA News, Bero said: “The current chaotic political situation in the Syrian Kurdish areas is the main reason for the division within the Kurdish political movement in Syria.”
Currently, representatives of thirteen Kurdish political parties in Syria are participating in negotiations under the sponsorship of the leadership of Iraqi Kurdistan in Erbil. Rifts were seen between these parties due to alleged attempts by the Democratic Union Party (PYD) –affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK)– to take power in some Kurdish areas north and north-east Syria through its armed wing YPG or Popular Protection Units.
“So far, we discussed several significant issues including the activation of the role of the Kurdish National Council –coalition of 13 Kurdish parties in Syria. Unfortunately, the PYD members boycotted the meetings in Erbil. Another discussion was concerned with the role of the committees of the Kurdish Supreme Council –coalition of the the KNC and the PYD,” Bero said. “We believe that the leaders of PYD should show willingness to implement the previous agreements between them and other parties.”
According to Bero, the PYD tries to legitimize the domination of its armed forces (YPG) in some areas against the will of all other political forces, and refuses any negotiations and understandings in this regard.
“We didn’t discuss in details the issue of the YPG fighters, but we emphasized that any armed group in any Kurdish area should be led by a joint political leadership from the Kurdish National Council and the Democratic Union Party,” Bero argued, adding: “Unfortunately, the PYD gives the only legitimization to its armed YPG, and refuses the participation of any other party in the leadership.”
The Kurdish Supreme Council, the alleged umbrella of all political groups in Syria, was founded in October 2012 after an agreement was signed by the different parties in Erbil, known as Hewler Agreement. The council was supposed to coordinate the relations between the KNC and the PYD, but a monopolization of power was apparently practiced by the PYD over the council, according to the KNC members, including Ibrahim Bero.
“The Supreme Council is considerably controlled by the PYD, and other member parties are marginalized and deprived of the right as participants in decision-making,” he told ARA News.
Regarding the continuous rifts among Kurdish political currents in Syria and the accusations directed to Bero’s party, he said: We refuse any accusations without clear and adequate bases, and we condemn aggressive reactions from any side on our views and activities.”
“We hoped that a delegation from the Democratic Union Party PYD would join the discussions we held in Erbil in order to transparently clarify their position on each issue we raised,” he stated.
None of the Kurdish political forces had officially joined the Syrian opposition yet, and the Kurdish National Council was recently invited to join the National Coalition of Opposition and Revolutionary Forces –the umbrella of opposition currents.
“We have assigned a committee to hold negotiations with the National Coalition’s leadership in order to look into the possibility of our official participation in its ranks,” Bero added to ARA News. “We hope that all the rifts within the Kurdish political movement will be solved soon, in order to start playing a significant role towards accomplishing the legitimate rights of our people in Syria.”
By: Nobar Ismail and Rebwar Boski
Source: ARA News
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