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Syrian Kurdish council rejects opposition document for its emphasis on country’s Arab identity

By Rudaw 11/9/2016
Leader of the KNC Ibrahim Biro speaking to Rudaw TV
Leader of the KNC Ibrahim Biro speaking to Rudaw TV

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—The Syrian Kurdish National Council (KNC) known by its Kurdish initials as ENKS, one of the two main Kurdish organizations in Syria, abstained from a London conference on Wednesday where the Syrian High Negotiations Commission (HNC) announced their framework for a transitional period aimed at ending the five-year long civil war in the country


“The Kurdish National Council had expressed its reservation on the document released by the [Syrian] High Negotiation Commission in London before its release.” Ibrahim Biro, head of the ENKS told Rudaw.


He said his organization declared that it “is not committed to the articles in the document” in a message sent to the head of the High Negotiation Commission, the National Coalition for Syrian opposition, and the embassies of concerned countries.


Biro said that no Kurdish party attended the meeting representing their side. Only one Kurdish person was present, and that was as part of the Coordination Body.


The framework set a three-phase plan: Phase one is a six-month negotiation process that includes a ceasefire. Phase two is a year and a half-long transition period that would begin once basic principles of the transition process are agreed on and would see the establishment of a Transitional Governing Body. The third and final phase would see the implementation of a revised constitution and elections.


“We do not agree to the first article in the document that says Syria is part of the Arab nation,” he said, explaining that there is no such thing called the Arab nation, it is not in the political map. “We cannot agree to it even in the future.”


“The dominance of the Islamic Arabist,” in the document, “eliminating [other] ethnic or religious components” and “the commitment of the document to the idea of administrative decentralization are among points the ENKS wants to be changed.


Biro added that the Saudi-backed Syrian High Negotiation Commission and the National Coalition should be distinguished from one another. His group, he said, enjoys good relations with the latter.


“There is a document between the National Coalition and the Kurdish National Council that safeguards the rights of the Kurdish nation.” He also noted there are some elements in the National Coalition who do not recognize the national rights of Kurds, but that “there are many friends inside and outside the Coalition who agree to our [national] rights.”


“Only 25 percent of the National Coalition is represented in the High Negotiation Commission,’ he said.


It is to be noted the National Coalition, represented by its head Anas al-Abda, was also present at the London conference.


The HNC repeatedly stressed the importance of maintaining Syria’s territorial integrity, and ensuring the participation of all peoples.


With respect to Kurdish aspirations, “The Kurdish cause shall be considered a national Syrian cause and action shall be taken to ensure their ethnic, linguistic, and cultural rights in the constitution,” reads their framework.


Muraz Adzhoev | 11/9/2016
The Kurdish National Council needs its new, much more capable, active and decisive leadership to be formed to promote inalienable national, patriotic, historical and territorial sovereign rights of the People of reintegrated Western Kurdistan, which can be provided by regional autonomous self-ruling in newly established democratic, secular and federative Syria or by means of separation, independence and reintegration with sovereignly independent Southern Kurdistan. The KNC should send its Peshmerga forces into Western Kurdistan the sooner the better, and with the political, diplomatic and military support of Erbil urgently provide establishment of Wrstern Kurdistan's regional united Peshmerga army.
yad | 11/9/2016
I do not believe any Kurdish issue any more due to our leaders in south of Kurdistan because our head of who ran our area, they have been doing since 1992 just how to enrich their selves and for their folks and we have been considered that we do not have any loyal and love for our country, I am not going to vote to independence in the futureو because my pocket is empty, is it reasonable that a member of Kurdish who live in the richest territory in terms of Oil, Gaz, Mental, rivers, crops, Tourism, .....etc.
THE KURDISH BOY | 11/9/2016
They will never accept the existence of the Kurds in any form.They deny any thing Kurdish.Let them kill each other endlessly.Death to them all ,wheather they are Arabs,Turks ,Persian or any of those world powers supporting their "territorial integrity".
Biji Kurdistan | 12/9/2016
Is the KNC really surprised? They denounced the PYD and the Rojava revolution, to side with the same rebel factions that bomb Efrin and Sheikh Maqsoud. The KNC was delusional to think that the Turkish/Qatari backed "National Coalition" and their Rebel warlords cared for pluralism and Kurdish rights. Luckily most Kurds in Syria didnt back the KNC, because they knew their partnership with the SNC would end in betrayal. Neither the rebel opposition or the Assad regime will ever care for democracy or "the inclusion of all peoples." Both sides just want to make sure that their preferred Arab dictator is in charge of the country.

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