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PYD leader: Syrian Kurds not seeking independent Kurdistan, but a democratic Syria

By Rudaw 8/8/2017
Salih Muslim, the leader of the PYD in Europe. Photo: Adrien Morlent | AFP
Salih Muslim, the leader of the PYD in Europe. Photo: Adrien Morlent | AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region- Syrian Kurds are not seeking an independent region of their own but a democratic country with equal rights, says the leader of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD).
Speaking to the German Press Agency (DPA), PYD leader Salih Muslim said: “The Kurds of Syria are not after an independent region of their own but they rather want Syria to become a democratic state where all of its citizens will enjoy equal rights.”
Muslim cited the recent victories of the multiethnic Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) against ISIS as an example of how Syrians could live and work together.
He said that victories were not gained by the Kurds alone.
“We are not dreaming of a Syrian Kurdistan or of an independent Kurdish region,” Muslim told DPA. “The Kurds alone did not liberate vast areas but they did so with other communities such as Arabs, Assyrians and Turkmen.”
“Our project is for Syria to become a federal democratic state with a new regime and new laws that would guarantee the rights of all of its citizens,” said the PYD leader, according to an Arabic statement posted by his media.
Muslim also defended the move by the canton administrations to hold elections, saying: “We cannot wait and bet everything on an all-out Syria solution which we don’t know when it may come.”
The Kurdish areas of Syria known as Rojava have been under the PYD and its armed wing, the People’s Protection Units (YPG) since 2012, and they have established several autonomous administrations known as cantons.

“The free areas must have their own system to run their affairs and laws have been passed for this,” Muslim said. “But some are mixing the cards.”

Muslim’s remarks were a response to Syria’s deputy foreign minister Fazil Mekdad who said over the weekend that elections in the Kurdish areas of Syria were “a joke.”

The founding council of the Democratic Federal System of Northern Syria announced in late July that they soon plan to hold their own local and Northern Syria Democratic parliament elections. 


Civil war and unrest have lasted more than six years in the Syrian Arab Republic.


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Kajik | 8/8/2017
Democratic Syria? Same failed view as always. Syria will never be democratic. Arabs doesn't believe in equality and same rights for everyone. So what will PYD say to the waive of Kurdish genocide in "democratic Syria"? Stop running the enemy's politics in Kurdistan. You will all go to history as the party who could have prevented, but didn't. Be strong believe in our right to have our country back from the occupiers.
PLINY THE KURD | 8/8/2017
Syria has died. It was an artificial post-colonial state made by the colonial France , with borders crossing the Kurdish country ,a country that has been forcibly partitioned among four hostile states.The Kurds were thus stripped of their country and were thrawn into the cruel limbo of DENIAL. The repeated genocides and gassings to which they were submitted were simply considered internal affairs of the occupying countries.The Kurdish language and culture were forbidden and the Kurds destined to extinction. Syria is dead. Long live independent Kurdistan free and prosperous.
Kurdish State | 8/8/2017
Our leaders are not allowed to sell and betray the Kurdish blood let for the creation of the Kurdish State.
Joining Erbil | 8/8/2017
Stop telling nonsense , join your brothers of Erbil and declare the creation of the Kurdish state.
Karl | 8/8/2017
The Kurds who died fighting would rebell against your cowed declarations .They died for a free and independent Kurdistan. Let's honour their sacrific and their bravery. Don 't betray them.

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