Sign In / Up

Add contribution as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Comment as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Login

Not a member Register   Forgot Password
or connect using
 

Email

 

Rudaw

Interview

Muslim Brotherhood Chief: Kurds Should Join Fight Against Assad Regime

18/3/2013
By DILXWAZ BAHLAWI
By DILXWAZ BAHLAWI

In this interview with Rudaw, deputy head of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammed Farouk Tayfour says that opposition groups are meeting in Istanbul today to form an interim government for Syria. Tayfour believes that the Kurds are either siding with the regime of Bashar Assad or that they are divided among themselves. He says the Muslim Brotherhood wants to solve the Kurdish question in Syria and he hopes the Kurds join the main opposition to topple the regime in Damascus.

 

Rudaw: The Syrian opposition is meeting in Istanbul today to form an interim government. Do you think it will be a successful meeting?

 

Mohammed Farouk Tayfour: This meeting is mainly to have all parties nominate their candidates to head a new interim government, and the three existing Syrian opposition councils have a bigger chance in leading this government.

 

Rudaw: Will the Kurds have a footing in that interim government, given the fact that the Kurdish Supreme Council is not taking part in the meeting?

 

Mohammed Farouk Tayfour: Until recently there were negotiations between the Syrian National Coalition (SNC) and the Kurdish National Council (KNC). But it was always the KNC that withdrew from the talks and wasn’t willing to become part of the SNC. Even at the beginning of the revolution in Syria, some Kurds would clearly support the regime of Bashar Assad.

 

Rudaw: The Kurdish Council says that the Syrian opposition isn’t willing to meet their demands, that’s why they avoid the mainstream opposition.

 

Mohammed Farouk Tayfour: I’ve attended many rounds of negotiation between the Syrian and Kurdish councils and I believe it was the attitude of the Kurdish council and their leaders that kept them away from the Syrian opposition. They could have acted differently. The Kurds have more than 40 parties in Syria, some of them side with the Syrian regime and the rest are not united among themselves. But I hope they can unite their stance and become part of the Syrian National Coalition.

 

Rudaw: What is the answer of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood to the Kurdish demand for federalism in Syria?

 

Mohammed Farouk Tayfour: The Muslim Brotherhood is part of the Syrian opposition and clearly calls for a just solution for the Kurdish cause. Once the Assad regime is gone and there is a new parliament, that parliament will decide how to solve the Kurdish question.

 

Rudaw: What is the Muslim Brotherhood’s position towards the Democratic Union Party (PYD)?

 

Mohammed Farouk Tayfour:  We are against any kind of alliance with the Syrian regime. We have a clear call goal is toppling that regime. Whoever answers that call is our ally and whoever rejects it, is our enemy.

 

Rudaw: Are you worried that the group of Jabhat al-Nusra that was branded as a terrorist organization by the US might gain strength and dominate the Syrian opposition at some point?

 

Mohammed Farouk Tayfour: Former head of the SNC, George Sabrah once said that all the guns are at the moment pointed at the Assad regime. Once that goal has been achieved, a national army, which will include all the different armed groups including Jabhat an-Nusrah, will be formed.

 

Rudaw: It is said that the Muslim Brotherhood has dominated the Syrian opposition and that even the technocrat and academic figures in the council are only another side of the Brotherhood coin. What do you say to that?

 

Mohammed Farouk Tayfour: Those who work with us know very well that that is not true. Our participation rate in the Coalition doesn’t exceed 10 percent. It is not in our capacity to control the Syrian opposition.

 

Rudaw: It is said that this interim government would be formed under the auspices of the United States and Russia.

 

Mohammed Farouk Tayfour: No one owns Syria except the people of Syria themselves. The people of Syria will not ask anyone for permission to form a government just as they didn’t ask anyone’s permission to start the revolution.

 

 

 

Comments

 
Data pager
Previous
12
Page size:
PageSizeComboBox
select
Dio | 18/3/2013
no thank you kurdish people will not join terrorists to fight a terrorist!, kurds in syria will have autonomy peacefully or with war arabs choice which one they want!
Jeremy Pascal
Jeremy Pascal | 18/3/2013
Bad Interview..Why you are letting him away with his answer about federalism..??
muhammet | 19/3/2013
Muslim Brotherhood! No one but Islam suffers under such bloody fascists! How dare you to decide about the fate of another Muslim nation, Kurds? Don't you know that they have been suffering from dictatorships for almost a century? I hope soon enough, Muslim Kurds will tear off the Islam mask on your faces! May God give strength to Kurds and those who really fight in the name of Islam!
ytektas@yahoo.com | 19/3/2013
How you letting such as fascist in your page. We are promising Kurds none he shortly declared.
suleyman | 22/3/2013
Muslims are does not take the right one. The Ottomans were being overbearing in the Middle East,not talk languages ​​other than Turkish. Kurds will be UNITY whit Free Syrian soldiers .
Tags :
4061 Views

Be Part of Your Rudaw!

Share your stories, photos and videos with Rudaw, and quite possibly the world.

What You Say

Argushi, USA | 7/20/2017 1:23:55 AM
Wow, how can Mr. Abadi say that kurds are first-class citizens in Iraq. The kurds can see that is not true and the world should see that also and...
LOYALTY | 7/20/2017 5:26:03 AM
Barzani is the founder of the Kurdish State . He deserves our loyalty .
Barzani: Gone are the days when Iraqis could use threatening language
| yesterday at 08:00 | (9)
Yassir Fekaiki
Yassir Fekaiki | 7/19/2017 10:02:37 PM
The political Rulers of the KRG likely to owe the Kurdish population and the rest of Iraq trillions if investigations into the missing billions and...
Go ahead | 7/20/2017 5:22:24 AM
No backing on theses compensations .Go ahead, brave KRG .
Erbil tallying billions in debts, compensation Baghdad owes Kurdistan
| 23 hours ago | (3)
Adam | 6/16/2017 10:59:32 PM
Go Mr president we are all behind you
Dan | 7/20/2017 1:46:08 AM
If the Iraqi government is democratic and believes in democracy for all, why they would deny it for us, the Kurds. Our freedom is not from referendum...
Masoud Barzani: I was born for independence; referendum is binding
| 16/6/2017 | (12)
A Kurd in exile | 7/20/2017 12:44:02 AM
This is a good news! I am glad to hear it! Thank you President Barzani!
Argushi, USA | 7/20/2017 1:37:38 AM
All the kurds around the world should see that Barzani is asking for referendum for kurds and kurdistan and NOT KDP.
Kurdistan to hold parliamentary, presidential elections November 1
| yesterday at 05:00 | (4)

Elsewhere on Rudaw

Do not expect ‘good things’ from Tehran for referendum, Iran warns 2 hours ago |

Do not expect ‘good things’ from Tehran for referendum, Iran warns

Iran: “We do not accept this [referendum] in any more
Iraqi parliament recognizes ISIS persecution of Turkmen as genocide 5 hours ago |

Iraqi parliament recognizes ISIS persecution of Turkmen as genocide

Parliament speaker Jabouri called on Iraqi Gov. more
US warns of curtailing supplies to Iraqi forces if abuse allegations are founded 6 hours ago |

US warns of curtailing supplies to Iraqi forces if abuse allegations are founded

'But we'll have to wait and see,' pending more
0.313 seconds