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’No future’ for Kurdish forces in Syria, says lammaker close to Assad

By HEVIDAR AHMED 22/12/2015
The YPG has been the main protection force in Rojava. AFP file photo.
The YPG has been the main protection force in Rojava. AFP file photo.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – A member of the Syrian parliament said on a recent visit to Erbil that Syria’s Kurdish YPG forces, which currently control their own self-declared and semi-autonomous enclave, have no future in the country.

Sharif Shahada, who has close relations with Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime, told Rudaw that Kurdish efforts to break away from Syria will not succeed, because Damascus is unlikely to allow a possible Kurdish state on its soil.

“Neither the YPG or the PKK have any place in (the future) Syria,” said Shahada. ”If Kurds really plan to create a state inside Syria, let me be clear: it won’t happen,” he added.

The YPG is the Syrian affiliate of Turkey’s Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). However, the United States and some Western nations back the YPG forces in their war against ISIS, even though the PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by the European Union and the United States.

The YPG has been virtually in full control of much of Syria’s northeastern Kurdish areas since it’s PYD umbrella group declared the three autonomous cantons in Cizire, Afrin and Kobane in early 2013.

The YPG has been a formidable force in pushing back ISIS militants, which air support and some weapons supplies from the US.

So far, the PYD has not expressed any plans to secede from Damascus.

“The YPG coordinates with the Syrian government in the war against ISIS with Damascus supporting them, especially in arming them, but when the situation goes back to normal, things will be under government’s control again,” Shahada said.

”No (armed) force will be allowed outside of the Syrian army; that applies to PYD and YPG too,” he added.

Speaking about the future of the embattled Syrian president, the lawmaker said that “Assad is there to stay,” contrary to the expectations of many sides in the conflict.

Referring to Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani’s rejection of an official invitation to visit Damascus and meet with the Syrian president earlier in 2011, Shahada described the decision as “wrong.”

“Barzani was wrong in rejecting President Assad’s invitation,” he said. ”Where were Barzani and (former Iraqi president Jalal) Talabani (in the past)? Were they not in Syria? Barzani should have made that trip. He thought Assad would go, but Assad has stayed.”

Shahada said that 30 percent of Syria’s territories are under the control of the Islamic State (ISIS). He claimed the group had recruited fighters from nearly 100 countries.

“The difference between ISIS in Syria and Iraq is the fact that Syrian people oppose ISIS, while in Iraq people have embraced the group,” he said.


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Kurdistan | 22/12/2015
This not a problem At All for the PKK who work for assad. They dont want anything what has To do with Kurdistan so. This is perfect answer from there boss Assad! PKK helps assad And this is the THANK you from syria. PKK you are a stupid SHITTTTTTT.
Brzoo Kurdi
Brzoo Kurdi | 22/12/2015
Sharif Shahada ,is this guy on drugs? who told him there is a future for him and his regime ? the whole world says No to Assad ,what makes him so optimistic to stay there for long ? he is under illusion ,it is impossible for Assad to continue to do what Assad used to do .it does not make any sense .
Cemal | 22/12/2015
ROJAVA is fake name that PKK gave the Kurdish region due to fear of Assad regime in stead of Kurdistan....PKK self dcalred kantons event not recognized by their master the butcher Assad...Iran and Assad regime just use PKK againis opposition groups and anti Assad Kurds....After their jjob with PKK finished they kick off PKK from Syria..
Descartes | 22/12/2015
It is sad to see how Kurds are divided.If united,the Kurds will be able to establish their Greater Kurdistan as powerful and prosperous state.But they are bitterly divided because of different partisan loyalties.Some Kurds have replaced their national belonging by partisan loyalties.This is worse than cancer itself and it is to the political ambitions to blame.
Descartes | 22/12/2015
I wonder who are the allies of the PKK-PYD ?.They have no allies and no strategy.They say they have not any national Kurdish agenda and they do attack the Kurdish Administration of the KRG and say that they will never allow the establishment of a Kurdish State.They expose litteraly the kurdish civilians to the fury of the Turkish army,and they do give Turkey at every time the perfect excuse to kill Kurds by the hundreds,burn Kurdish villages and towns.I pray to God to protect the Kurds and save their country.

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