Kurds need reorganization for efficiency to ensure rights, SNC’s Sieda says




ARA News – Exclusive

ERBIL, Iraqi Kurdistan — Abdulbaset Sieda, prominent Kurdish opposition figure and former head of the Syrian National Council SNC, revealed that the Kurdish bloc in the SNC is being reorganized in order to play a more efficient role amidst the efforts of toppling dictatorship in Syria and rebuilding the country on a pluralistic basis, adding that the civil society organizations, youth movements and women should be encouraged to participate in the decision making because they are the true voice of the popular demands.

Sieda, in an exclusive interview with ARA News, said on Tuesday that the Kurdish bloc in the Syrian National council is holding intensive meetings this week in Erbil, northern Iraq, to reorganize its ranks and increase its efficiency in the council.

“We do not tend to form a distinct Kurdish political party because we believe that we can perform effectively in the council and outside as an active bloc representing the Kurdish voice in Syria,” Sieda told ARA News in Erbil.

The Kurdish political movement is divided on the feasibility of joining the Arab opposition. Syrian Kurds are represented mainly either by the Kurdish National Council –a coalition of 13 Kurdish parties in Syria– or supporting the Democratic Union Party PYD –affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers Party PKK. However, the Kurdish bloc in the Syrian National Council –led by Sieda– considers itself a genuine Kurdish voice in the KNC, and tries to strengthen the Arab-Kurdish communication in the opposition.

According to Sieda, who is heading the meetings of the KNC’s Kurdish bloc in Erbil, there is a need to activate the role of the civil society organizations that were founded in Syria’s Kurdish areas over more than two yeas of uprising.

“Our bloc in the SNC consists of representatives from some civil society organizations, members from youth movements and women, in order to be as efficient and representative as possible,” Sieda stated. “We intend to provide the needed space for these members to contribute to the creation of a critical public opinion, leading thus to a better understanding of the general issues that face our people and finding the appropriate and effective mechanisms for the sake of accomplishing the aspired improvement.”

Sieda emphasized that the Syrian National Council’s Kurdish bloc includes members from three different parties, “which evidently clarifies that we do not intend to establish any political parties,” he said. 

Regarding the negotiations with other Kurdish political forces in Syria, Sieda said:

“We have constant and intensive contacts with all the Kurdish political forces inside Syria, even with the PYD (Democratic Union Party). The main objective of our bloc in the SNC is to guarantee a Kurdish participation in the Syrian revolution, which can reassure the Kurdish rights in Syria in the future through the establishment of a democratic institution which include the legitimate rights of our people.”

He also pointed out that most of the Kurdish political forces in Syria prefer to remain distanced from the main opposition bodies. ” If those parties really want to guarantee a legitimate solution to the Kurdish issue, they should unite and participate in all the opposition meetings and ranks; otherwise, they will behind. None of those parties can claim the capability of achieving ny advance without a cooperation with the other opposition forces. Thus, no alternative but to interact with the Syrian situation, because the people are not satisfied with the position of the majority of the Kurdish parties on the opposition and its activities,” he said, adding: “We are making considerable efforts to stimulate these parties to join us in order to achieve the aspirations of our people.”

Sieda revealed to ARA News that the SNC has drafted a charter recognizing the Kurdish identity through the constitution. “However, the Kurdish parties rejected it, although no such a developed and specified document was provided so far concerning the Kurdish issue in Syria. We should understant that accomplishing our rights requires a satisfactory and adequate preparation.”

In regard with the so-called “islamization” of the Syrian revolution and who is to blame, Sieda argued:

“We are all responsible for that. Everyone who didn’t take part in the revolution bears a responsibility regarding how the situation is being radicalized by some parties. When Christians, Alawites and even Kurds or other components of the Syrian community isolate themselves from the revolution, then this would be the consequence, because the revolution is by now a reality that we need to deal with and to know how to deal with properly.”


Interview by: Axtin Asaad

Translated by: Adib Abdulmajid

Source: ARA News


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