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 Kurdish unity will not be undermined by Turkey: Syrian PYD Official

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Kurdish unity will not be undermined by Turkey: Syrian PYD Official  30.7.2012  







 
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July 30, 2012

ERBIL-Hewlêr, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — A top representative of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (Partiya Yekitîya Demokrat - PYD) said he does not expect Iraq's Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani to bow to Turkish demands regarding Syrian Kurdistan.

Hussein Kochar, the PYD representative in Iraqi Kurdistan, spoke at a seminar in Erbil, the capital city of Kurdistan region, in Iraq's north, on Friday. He said, “The Kurdistan Regional Government [KRG] is surrounded by enemies and therefore its officials have to sit down with them.”

Since the uprising in Syria began 17 months ago, the PYD has been largely in charge of the Kurdish areas in the country. The growing presence of the PYD -- which has ties to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) -- has worried officials in Ankara. The PKK has been fighting the Turkish state for Kurdish rights for three decades.

Kochar added, “We are not pessimistic about President Barzani because he has worked eagerly and seriously for unity among Kurds in Syria.”

According to Kochar, Turkey cannot pressure Barzani to follow its policies vis-à-vis Syrian Kurds. He points to the Erbil Agreement, signed between the PYD and Kurdish National Council (KNC) on July 11 to jointly govern Kurdish regions of Syria,www.ekurd.net an agreement which Barzani mediated.

“President Barzani has seriously worked for unity and we believe he won’t fall under Turkey’s influence to a point that would undermine the Erbil Agreement. If he did, the Kurdish people would not accept it,” he said.

Kochar added that Barzani’s commitment to unifying political factions could not be easily undermined by Turkey or the policies of its Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“Our aim is to be fully committed to the (Erbil) agreement. Although many people thought the agreement would never take place, today unity has been created and we are working together,” he said.

As a result of recent developments in Syria, Kochar noted that three different fronts have emerged: a U.S.-Turkish front, a Russia-China front and the Kurdish front.

He accused the U.S.-Turkish front of seeking to establish “a failed state,” such as in Libya and Egypt, in Syria.

“Fifty-five percent of the Syrian National Council is dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood,” Kochar said. “Syrian people know this will fail because the Brotherhood cannot manage a multiethnic, multi-religious and diverse country like Syria.”

He believes divisions such as seen in Libya and Egypt are inevitable because the Muslim Brotherhood -- backing the Free Syrian Army that is working to oust the regime of President Bashar al-Assad -- offers no alternative to all the different components of Syria.

According to Kochar, Russia and China “only demand a superficial change in Syria for the sake of their interests so that the Assad regime will stay in power.”

Explaining the Kurdish front’s stance, Kochar said, “Its aim is democratic politics and working on the policy of advancing civil and democratic society for the Kurds.”

Kochar denied reports that the Kurdish areas of Syria have fallen under the PYD’s control because of an agreement between the group and Assad’s regime.

“They spread rumors that we have relations with the regime to mislead people. If that was true, why are members of our defense units being killed? Why do our protesters die? Why would we be fighting in some areas? Those who spread these rumors do not want the truth to get out that Kurds are organizing themselves and have alternatives,” he said.

When asked why the PYD has not fought the Assad army, Kochar said, “Our strategy from the beginning has been for the least amount of sacrifices and the most gains. Our project is to become an alternative to the Assad regime … and at the same time implement national unity among Kurds.”

By Rozh Ahmad

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