Declaration of Kurdish self-rule in Syria: PYD to monopolize power, says Kurdish leader



ARA News 

The deteriorating situation in Rojava (Syria’s Kurdish areas) led to the displacement of thousands of families who suffered under conditions of violence and lack of basic supplies, as clashes continue since months between the Kurdish forces of the popular Protection Units (YPG) and Islamist groups linked to al-Qaeda.  

Meanwhile, a number of Kurdish, Arab and Christian parties held meetings in the city of Qamishli, begin of November, and declared an agreement on forming an autonomous Transitional Administration (self-rule) in several areas northern Syria −where Kurds form a majority. The Transitional Administration was first proposed by the Democratic Union Party (PYD), which is in control in several Kurdish areas through its armed groups of the YPG and the Asayish.  

Dr. Adham Basho, member of the Kurdish Azadi Party in Syria, said that the PYD (along with other allies) declared a self-rule in north of Syria without returning to other Kurdish parties, “who are supposed to be partners in any project concerning the Kurdish areas”.  

“The PYD should have launched a referendum on the Transitional Administration project before taking a decision and declare the administration, because people have the right to either approve of reject such an autonomous administration,” Basho told ARA News in an exclusive interview.  

Basho said that the security vacuum in the region requires people to organize their lives, “but that does not give the right to any party to impose its view on all the social components in the concerned areas”.   

“The Kurdish people in Syria have the right to self determination, according to the international conventions. A referendum is required on the ‘proposed’ Transitional Administration to avoid any monopoly of power by any party in future,” Basho said. “The PYD’s current behaviour may lead to a Kurdish-Kurdish conflict.” 

According to Basho, the declaration of a self-rule in Syria’s Kurdish areas by the PYD and its allies came after the Kurdish National Council’s (KNC) decision to join the ranks of the Syrian National Coalition (SNC) −opposition’s largest umbrella.  

“Obviously, the declaration was a mere reaction to the KNC’s step of joining the Syrian National Coalition, and such a reactionary behaviour leads to nowhere,” Basho stated to ARA News. “Such a declaration contributes to a further division between the Kurds and Arabs in Syria, while we (KNC) are trying to maintain the bridge of communication and negotiation with the Arab opposition as partners in building a pluralistic Syria in a post-Assad era.”  

The Syrian National Coalition (SNC) has recently formed an interim government to supposedly replace current Syrian government. Basho considered the “PYD’s Transitional Administration” is meant to guarantee the party’s place in Syria if the Assad regime would fall. He added that the PYD excluded all Kurdish parties of the KNC (coalition of 13 parties) from the political scene in Syria’s Kurdish areas “in order to monopolize power”.  

“All steps taken by the PYD and its armed groups are under the sponsorship of the Assad regime, which minimizes the hope of reaching a reconciliation between this party and other political formations of the opposition. Those who cooperate with the Assad regime will never be forgiven by the Syrian people, including the Kurds,” Basho told ARA News

The pro-PYD activists argue that the Coalition and the Arab opposition in general “never criticize al-Qaeda affiliated groups and their aspiration to establish an Islamic state in Syria”, while they (SNC) “strongly condemned a civil administration in the Kurdish areas” which is a “legitimate right of people to run their cities and towns under the current chaotic conditions”. 

According to Basho, a cooperation between the PYD and the KNC is necessary to end rifts and provide a unified Kurdish vision about the situation in the Kurdish areas in Syria, “which will serve to gain a legitimacy to any project in our region and guarantee a fair solution to the Kurdish issue in Syria”.  



Interview by: Baran Misko

Source: ARA News

(Editing by: Adib Abdulmajid. Translation by: Abdul Ilah Ibrahim)



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