Saleh Muslim, the joint head of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Syria, says that he makes remarkable efforts to guarantee the Kurdish legitimate rights in Syria, through meetings started in Turkey and ended in Iran last week. All official meetings Muslim held were revolved around one main demand which is «to recognize the Kurdish people’s existence».
As emphasizing the ongoing Kurdish fight against Islamists of al-Nusra Front, Muslim explained the goals behind the project of «self-administration» in the Kurdish areas in Syria.
“Although the talks were positive, but we still did not see the expected results so far. We have to wait to see their promises, especially those made by the Turkish and Iranian officials regarding fighting against Islamists, such as al-Nusra Front.” Muslim told Asharq al-Awsat newspaper on Friday.
If these promises satisfy the Kurds, who have suffered from the dictatorship and tyranny of the Syrian regime over the past decades, according to Muslim, the future of this Syrian ethnic group (the Kurds) is the most important issue at this moment. “Thus, any party that may rule Syria in the future should bear the responsibility of guaranteeing the Kurdish rights,” Muslim argued.
The Kurds are trying to put the foundations of their rights through working to achieve the “Transitional Civil Administration”; while insisting at the same time that they are NOT seeking “separation” as they call for a democratic pluralistic civil state. However, Muslim referred to the Iranian support to the project of a Kurdish self-administration in north and north-eastern areas in Syria.
As Muslim denies mentioning the identity of the officials who he met in Iran, he insisted that he was invited by the Foreign Ministry of Iran.
“We did not ask the Iranians neither they did, but they confirmed our right in defending our land and issue through fighting the Islamic extremist groups that have become the enemy of all people,” Muslim said. “The Iranians showed their willingness to support us in our fighting against the extremists,” Muslim added without explaining what the nature of that support is, but he insisted that the PYD-Iranian good relations will continue and even improve.
In the same context, Muslim pointed out to his last visit to Turkey, which he considers more important than his visit to Iran, due to the former’s political and military support to the Syrian opposition. Muslim said that although it was a positive visit, but Turkey did not comment on its support to al-Nusra Front and other Islamist groups in Syria.
“We still have evidence illustrating Turkey’s support to Islamists, but they told us that the smuggling operations on the border are out of the authorities’ control, insisting that they will make an effort to take over them as soon as possible,” Muslim added.
Amid the ongoing fighting between Islamists, particularly the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham (ISIS) backed by the al-Qaeda affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra (al-Nusra Front) on the one hand, and the Kurds on the other hand, UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) announced that thousands of Syrian Kurds poured into Iraqi Kurdistan in recent days, crossing Fishkhabur gate on the Tigris River, where the number reached 10 thousand refugees during last Saturday, whereas they were about 7 thousand only last Thursday.
In another development, particularly regarding the relations between the Kurds and the Syrian National Coalition who had condemned the latest invitation of Muslim to Iran, after the initiative of Turkey to heal the rifts between the two parties, Muslim met members of the Coalition in Turkey last week. During the meeting, both sides discussed the most important and fundamental issue of al-Nusra Front and the support the group receives. The Coalition members insisted that they have no relations with those extremist groups and they do not know till the moment which factions of the FSA are supporting them, “they are out of control!”
“We have assured the Coalition members that we will not hesitate to take action if the opposition would not achieve any solutions for this issue” Muslim added.
Regarding the Kurds’ position on the National Coalition for Revolutionary Forces and Opposition, Muslim said that the Coalition should clarify its attitude and policy towards the Kurds.
“Kurds should be recognized as Syrian citizens who will never fight outside their home areas and their legitimate rights should be acknowledged by the Syrian opposition,” Muslim concluded.
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