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Gorran Backs PYD Autonomy in Rojava

2/2/2014
A delegation visited the PYD office in Sulaimani on behalf of party leader Nawshirwan Mustafa. Photo Rudaw
A delegation visited the PYD office in Sulaimani on behalf of party leader Nawshirwan Mustafa. Photo Rudaw

SULAIMANI, Kurdistan Region – The Kurdistan Region’s opposition Change Movement (Gorran) has expressed support for the Kurdish autonomous region declared by the Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) last month.

Muhammad Hajji, head of Gorran’s political bureau, said that a delegation visited the PYD office in Sulaimani on behalf of party leader Nawshirwan Mustafa to convey support for the three autonomous cantons established by the PYD in Rojava.

“Gorran supports the three cantons in Rojava,” Hajji told Rudaw after the visit.

With some of its smaller local allies, the PYD established three autonomous cantons -- Cizire, Afrin and Kobani -- last month to run the affairs of the Kurdish areas in northeastern Syria.

Other Kurdish groups in Rojava criticized the PYD move, saying the canton did not include their parties, which represent a significant portion of Syrian Kurds.

Hajji said that the Gorran delegation had advised the PYD to embrace other groups in its local administration.

“We told them that we are against the monopoly of power by any party,” said Hajji.

In the past two years, the PYD has been the most powerful Kurdish force in Rojava. It has successfully repelled attacks by radical Islamic groups on the Kurdish areas, while some Kurdish groups accuse it of sidelining them in the political process.

“We hope that they can solve their disagreements through dialogue,” said Hajji, who maintained that Gorran is willing to mediate between the rival Kurdish groups.

Also on Saturday, the leaders of the Kurdistan Islamic Union (Yekgirtu) called on all parties to stand behind the Rojava cantons “for the sake of guaranteeing the rights of the Kurds in Syria.”

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Qaraman | 2/2/2014
Now that even the Islamic parties that have no love for PYD are supporting their move on autonomy KDP is in the cold for their utterly stupid policy of fighting it, a policy they have been dictated to by Turkey and the US. Gorran has the potential of becoming the biggest party next elections if they keep their anti corruption and nepotism policies and are able to take the patriotic torch from the KDP which has clearly proven the past year is a title they don't deserve.
Stewee Guy
Stewee Guy | 2/2/2014
That tells me Goran is NOT a democratic and pro democracy party. Goran in one hand is accusing PUK of of not respecting the will of the people after the election and not handing in the power in Kurdistan, in the other hand Goran is blessing the PKK/PYD/YPG for stealing the power in Rojava by force of weapons and with help from the dictator Bashar Assad. Now if you don't agree with their way only you'll end up in jail or being killed. To prove what I said I bet you Necherwan Mustafa will stay a leader for Goran forever and when he ends up in a hospital in Europe like his ex boss, his wife, son or uncle will claim the the party is theirs.
Muraz Adzhoev | 2/2/2014
Populism is the main political "engine" of the so called "opposition" parties like Gorran and Islamic groups. "Gorran supports the three cantons in Rojava" that were declared by PYD, but is "against the monopoly of power by any party". Purposeful nonsense is so familiar for these quasi "opposition" parties. Maybe they are already going to declare soon the state independence, territorial integrity and national sovereignty of the South Kurdistan also “for the sake of guaranteeing the rights of the Kurds in Syria", Turkey and Iran? They do not care what's the official position of their President on the situation in the West Kurdistan and Syria, but would like to participate in the KRG. To do what? To create a political-show government for the sake of "opposition" parties "monopoly"?
Herdem Kurdman | 2/2/2014
Each step of kurds toward sovereignty must firstly be supported by Kurds. At the same time each step of Baathist Regime with some kurdish marionettes and Tools must immediately be prevented. So where are we? Definitely not in Switzerland!
yek K. | 2/2/2014
gorran is becoming a real pillar of kurdish identity
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