Will Syrian Kurds participate in a potential interim government?

ARA News

According to a member in the Kurdish Youth Movement in Syria, certain Kurdish political figures will be included in the pending interim government, as the Syrian opposition makes remarkable efforts in order to form a government to replace the current regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

By: Abdul Ilah Ibrahim

The Kurdish Youth Movement (Tevgera Ciwanen Kurd) is deemed an umbrella for a number of Kurdish activists in Syria, and considers itself independent of the influence of Kurdish political parties.

Since the start of the ongoing uprising, members of the TCK have reportedly organized anti-regime activities in the framework of the Syrian uprising. 

Yilmaz Saeed, a leading member of the Kurdish Youth Movement (TCK), gave this exclusive interview to ARA News, through which he tries to clarify some outstanding issues in the Kurdish region in Syria.

ARA News: Regarding the recent clashes occured in the city of Till Temir western Qamishli, who bears the responsibility of such clashes and what are the goals behind creating disorder in the Kurdish region in Syria in your opinion?

Saeed: We are aware of the involvement of the regime in the recent clashes in Till Temir city. That was basically meant to create disorder among the various components of the society in the region, for it is the only party to receive benefit from such clashes and the chaos these result in the end.

ARA News: What is your opinion on the stances of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), especially as they refused to participate in the meeting held In the Iraqi Kurdistan under the sponsorship of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and is there a gleam of hope to unite the Kurdish political forces in Syria as rifts escalate between them?

Saeed: It was supposed that both sides would attend the Erbil meeting, called for by President Masoud Barzani, since he is considered as a third and neutral party who managed and sponsored the agreement that was signed by different Syrian Kurdish political parties in Erbil, September 2012. The refusal of the PYD to attend the meeting annoyed and confused the Kurdish public opinion. As can be seen, the Kurdish political representation in the Syrian opposition is not yet sufficient because of the rifts between the Kurdish parties. However, there is still some hope that an agreement will be reached in the end, and the representation will rise to the level of the Kurdish people’s aspiration.

ARA News: Mustafa Jumaa, the secretary of the Kurdish Azadi Party, stated recently that an organized Kurdish armed force will be formed by the Kurdish National Council (KNC) in Syria, and will cooperate with the forces of the Kurdish Popular Protection Unites –the armed wing of the PYD. Jumaa added that if the PYD will oppose this step, a Kurdish-Kurdish conflict will be inevitable. How do you read Jumaa’s statements and such a potential development?

Saeed: Since the Assad regime is still in power in Syria, a Kurdish-Kurdish conflict seems unrealistic to take place. However, there is a possibility of such a tension to occur after the collapse of the regime, since a security vacuum may prevail across the country, and the Kurdish areas are not an exception in case of chaos.

ARA News: What’s the reason behind delaying the formation of an interim government by the opposition? Do you think that there are any regional of international pressures on the election of Ghassan Hito to lead the potential interim government while making efforts to form his government?

Saeed: Apparently, Saudi Arabia is the main player behind the delaying of the formation of a Syrian interim government because of its considerable influence on the opposition. The Saudi leadership has constantly revealed its disagreement on electing Ghassan Hito as a leader to the pending government, and the disagreement most likely stems from the Saudi view on the figure of Hito, claiming that he will be unable to lead a transitional phase in Syria as he is unpopular among the majority of the Syrian people. But I can say that the exact reason behind the Saudi position is not yet known.

ARA News: Do you think that the Kurds will have a say in the formation of an interim government?

Saeed: The Kurds will absolutely play a role in the interim government, and some Kurdish political figures will participate in its leadership. Apparently, Kurds will not be excluded from ministeral positions in this government.

ARA News: What kind of potential scenarios may result from the current struggle in Syria? Where may this war lead the country and the Syrians?

Saeed: As can be read from the development of the happenings since more than two years of uprising, which turned unfortunately into a collective and devastating war, Syria seems to head to a sectarian war among the different components of the society. How long this crisis takes, how harder and horrible the outcome becomes. Unless the International Powers intervene to stop the regime massacres, terrorism and disorder, we will witness an unprecedented catastrophe in Syria. 

Source: ARA News


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