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Member of National Council Says Committee Has Failed to Bridge Differences with PYD

By Rudaw 16/7/2013
Members of a Kurdish fighting force trained in the Kurdistan Region march on the streets of Qamishli, August 2012. Photo: Welateme
Members of a Kurdish fighting force trained in the Kurdistan Region march on the streets of Qamishli, August 2012. Photo: Welateme

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Kurdish Supreme Committee (KSC), formed a year ago to unite the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) with rival Syrian Kurdish groups inside the umbrella Kurdish National Council (KNC), has failed, a committee member said.

The KSC, which consists equally of 10 members from both sides, was formed in Erbil with backing from Massoud Barzani, president of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan Region.

“The Erbil agreement must be amended, otherwise the committee dissolves,” said KSC member Faisal Yousif, suggesting that the committee had been hurriedly put together, without much thought.

“Prior to forming committees, we need to study the obstacles that hinder the Kurdish parties becoming united, then take practical steps to deal with them,” he said. “Those who signed the agreement didn’t consider everything.”

Syria’s vast Kurdish regions have fallen largely under the sway of the powerful PYD, which is affiliated with the militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), and remains accused by rival Syrian Kurdish groups of secret ties to the Damascus regime and mistreatment of Kurdish war refugees. 

Syria’s Kurds have so far largely stayed out of the fighting between rebel forces and the Damascus regime, insisting they will not join the armed opposition unless Kurds are given assurances of self-rule over their territories after the fall of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Ahmad Qasim, a political analyst from Syrian Kurdistan, said that politicians had failed to address the reasons behind the disputes before forming the committee. “They must have been naive about the situation, or someone may have pressured the KNC to agree to the formation of the committee,” he added.

Qasim advised it is time to seek another solution. “A national convention to include all the political parties and civil organizations from western (Syrian) Kurdistan must be held in Qamishli,” he said.

Three KSC members withdrew from the committee after last month’s clashes in Amude betweeen the PYD’s militia forces and supporters of the KNC.

Political analyst Mahmood Abbas said that the committee is overwhelmed by disagreements.  “The triangle of Erbil, referring to the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), Sulaimani, referring to the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and Qandil, referring to the PKK leadership, has contributed to the mess overwhelming the committee,” Abbas claimed.

He added that the committee has failed to be the voice of the Syrian Kurds in the international community.

“The committee was formed to fulfill the agenda of those who stand against the Kurdish Youth revolutionaries,” he charged.

Abbas said that the Amude incident proved that the Syrian Kurdish parties were only pursuing their self interests, and would not hesitate to use the bloodshed of innocent people in order to strengthen their positions.

“The 50-50 division of power in the committee was a game played by all the political parties to weaken the PYD,” he charged. “However, PYD outsmarted them all,” he said.

The PYD has been the only side to openly recognize the committee as legitimate.

Abdul Salam Ahmad, co-chair of the people’s council, said, those who cause tension between the Kurds are the same ones who try to dissolve the committee.” 


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guiest122 | 16/7/2013
Those traitor kurds should be hanged looks like they have never learnt from history
Rebaz Tahir Benjamin
Rebaz Tahir Benjamin | 17/7/2013
I believe there's still time to forgive and move on. My brothers in Rojava, please, do not let this go further. The people, should go against all their leaders, if they try to insight bloodshed between Kurds and Kurds.
Baran | 17/7/2013
That is how Jashs thinks about other Kurds, they want to hang them. We dont can exept expect democracy from communist. The PKK never executed a captired Turkish soldier, everytime they capture a Turtkish soldier, they treat them better as their own members and they give them tea etc. but they execute Kurds who criticize. They are more aggressive against Kurds as against the occupiers.
Amed | 17/7/2013
@guiest122, are a stupid? Talking about to hang other Kurds, from which planet are you, you are like the Iranian regime. But for such Stalinists it is a normal thing right? Go hang yourself traitor!
Ihsan Köl
Ihsan Köl | 18/7/2013
Lately PKK media broadcast funeral of Guerrillas without mentioning why they have been killed. They were probably the Guerrillas who were against the withdraw of PKK. PKK has executed hundreds of Guerillas who were against PKK's withdraw. While PKK making "the peace" in Turkey, PKK killed and captured and etc. Kurds in Rojava. We should all expect from PYD to embrace the all other Kurdish parties and move together. There is spies in this site who wanna make look like PYD/PKK is for Kurds. Work for Unity of all Kurds.
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