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Syrian opposition leader says Assad illegitimate , Kurds important part of Syria

4/4/2016
 Riyadh Hijab head of the Syrian oppositions delegation for peace talks. Photo: Rudaw
Riyadh Hijab head of the Syrian oppositions delegation for peace talks. Photo: Rudaw
By Rekar Aziz

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - A top Syrian opposition official says that Kurds are an important part of Syria and that the Kurdish National Council (ENKS) represent the Kurds in the country.

"Kurds are an essential component of Syria," said Riyadh Hijab, the head of the Syrian oppositions delegation for peace talks.

Speaking to Rudaw, during his visit to the Kurdistan Region's capital Erbil, Hijab, who was also a former Syrian prime minister, said that the Kurdish National Council, which is also known by its Kurdish acronym ENKS, "represents Kurds in Syria."

The ENKS, founded in Erbil on October 2011, includes 15 Kurdish political parties in Syria. The council seeks to garner autonomy for Syria Kurdistan.  

Hijab also met the Kurdistan Region's President Masoud Barzani. They discussed the ongoing efforts to bring about a settlement that will end the Syrian war.

"We hope the Geneva talks bring blessing and prosperity to the Syrian people," Barzani said during their meeting.

The coordinator of the Syrian opposition team also accused Assad of bringing turmoil to Syria after he refused to relinquish his hold on the reigns of state power, saying he has lost his "legitimacy."

"The Syrian government has lost its legitimacy," he said before adding that "Assad brought Syria into this crisis in order to stay in power."

He also added that he was not optimistic about the future peace talks since "there is no international intention for a political transition".

"Excluding Assad", he claimed, "the Geneva talks should bring about a political transition in Syria."

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bryar | 4/4/2016
Sorry you can't choose "which" Kurds you want to work with, those days are over, and ENKS represents maybe 20% of the Kurds of Rojava. By the way ENKS also demand federalism for Rojava so you'll get nowhere with that one.
Biji Kurdistan | 4/4/2016
Is that why one of the leaders of the Syrian opposition (Assad al Zubi) said that Kurds were "bandits and mercenaries throughout history"? They say Kurds are important to Syria, but they bomb Kurdish civilians in both Afrin and Allepo. Truth is, the Kurds don't owe these Turkish/Qatar backed terrorists anything because they don't care about Kurds at all. They just want to replace the current Baath dictatorship for a Sunni Arab dictatorship, and they want to use Kurdish fighters as meat shields to achieve their goals. The KNC has been told by the opposition multiple times, that they will not accept Kurdish Autonomy. So Rojava should steer clear from both Assad and the "opposition" and any Kurdish fighters in the ENKS should fall in with their Kurdish brothers fighting in the YPG/SDF.
Flaminco | 5/4/2016
Turkish sponsored syrian jihadists opposition can bark all day long, accept Rojava federal state or go jump from a tall bridge, that's your options you ugly turkish slave
Russian | 5/4/2016
Russia n are crafty. They negotiated ceasefire in Syria to their advantage. That gave Syria arm force ability to move their soldiers to defeat daesh in Palmyra and Al Qarapyatain and further afield. When they have done with daesh they will declare cease fire over and attack the rebels of course all with Russian helps. Divide and conquer that is what it's all about. And as usual American are beaten at the negotiating table.
Christian Kurdzman | 5/4/2016
OH MY GOD LORD JESUS SAVE THIS MAN!
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