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 Now Kurds are in charge of their fate: Syrian Kurdish official

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Now Kurds are in charge of their fate: Syrian Kurdish official  29.7.2012  

Nuri Brimo, a senior official from the Kurdish Democratic Party of Syria.
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July 29, 2012

ERBIL,— Following the liberation of a number of towns in Syrian Kurdistan, a senior official says who controls the areas it is not as important as the fact that now Kurds are in charge.

The remarks come after reports that forces loyal to the Democratic Union Party (PYD) are controlling the Kurdish areas taken over from President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

The PYD is close to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) that has been fighting the Turkish state for three decades, demanding Kurdish rights.

Nuri Brimo, a senior official from the Kurdish Democratic Party of Syria, told Rudaw that what should matter to Kurds at this stage is unity, saying that the Syrian army, opposition forces and neighboring Turkey all oppose Kurdish rights in Syria.

“The important thing is that Kurds are now in control in Syrian Kurdistan and after millennia of Arab domination in those areas. Now Kurds are in charge of their fate,” said Brimo.

Following the escalation of clashes between the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Assad’s forces in the capital Damascus last week, Kurdish forces rose up and liberated several towns.

“We are not in favor of violence. We can succeed in this revolution with minimal cost. The Kurdish people have sacrificed a lot throughout their history while others reaped the benefits,” Brimo told Rudaw. “Let us now sustain the least possible amount of loss and most benefit.”

He praised the recent agreement between the Kurdish National Council (KNC) and the PYD to form a joint body to administer Kurdish areas. The two sides now have formed a Kurdish Supreme Committee that consists of an equal number of PYD and KNC members.

With the PYD now militarily dominant in parts of Syria, Turkey has grown increasingly worried about the course of events in the country’s Kurdish region. The Turkish foreign minister is expected to visit Erbil to meet with Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani and discuss the PYD-PKK role in the Kurdish areas of Syria.

Earlier this week, Barzani told Al Jazeera English that Iraqi Kurds have been training the hundreds of Kurdish soldiers who defected from the Syrian army. He said those soldiers will be sent back to Syria in the future to fill any “security vacuum” that might emerge.

Meanwhile, some commanders of the FSA have expressed a willingness to fight the PYD-PKK forces in Syrian Kurdistan should Turkey assist them.

Speaking to Agence France-Presse, Col. Ubaid Musa, a commander in the FSA,www.ekurd.net said Kurds and Arabs need to be united to topple the current Syrian regime. Musa is an ethnic Kurd and commands a unit of 40 rebels fighting around Aleppo.

As the armed struggle against Assad's regime intensifies, the Iraqi government appears to have shifted its position, calling for regime change for its western neighbor at the hands of "the Syrian people."

The Iraqi news website Alsumaria quoted Iraqi government spokesman Ali Dabbagh as saying, "Iraq is not with the current regime in Syria. It needs to be fundamentally changed but that is up to the Syrian people. Iraq will assist the Syrian people as much as it can ... We are in favor of freedom for the friendly Syrian people."

By Sakar Abdullazada

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