Saturday, July 20, 2013

Syria Kurds Plan Temporary Autonomous Gov’t. The Kurdish administration will take measures to organize elections in Kurdish areas

Syria's Kurds are planning to create a temporary autonomous government to administer Kurdish regions in the north of the war-torn country, Kurdish officials told Agence France Presse on Friday.
"We think that the crisis in Syria will not end anytime soon, so we need to create democratic self-rule in western Kurdistan," said Salih Muslim, head of Syria's Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD).
Western Kurdistan refers to Kurdish majority areas in northern Syria, including Hassakeh province in the northeast of the country and parts of Aleppo province.
"This has been our project since 2007," added Muslim, stressing nonetheless that the government would be temporary.
"This is provisional," he said. "Once there is a broad agreement on the future of Syria, we will put an end to this autonomy."

Shirzad Izidi, a spokesman for the People's Council of Western Kurdistan, another Syrian Kurdish group, confirmed the plans and said the Kurdish administration will take measures to organize elections in Kurdish areas.
“There is an idea also to write an interim constitution so that there will be no vacuum," Izidi told AFP.
Kurdish regions of northern Syria have been administered by local Kurdish councils since regime forces withdrew from the areas in the middle of 2012.
The redeployment was seen as a tactical move by the regime, encouraging the Kurds to avoid allying with the opposition in order to maintain their new-found autonomy.
Kurds represent about 15 percent of the Syrian population, and are mostly concentrated in the northern part of the country.
Earlier this week, Kurdish fighters expelled militants from the town of Ras al-Ain and the nearby border crossing with Turkey, and fighting between the groups was continuing elsewhere in Hassakeh province in north-east Syria.


  1. Kurds cement power in war on Turkish border...Turkish concerns rise as Kurdish forces cement power in northern Syria, with the nationalist MHP calling for intervention to prevent Kurdish autonomy...

    Clashes between Islamist rebel forces and Kurdish fighters spread to a second Syrian province on July 20, activists said, as factional tensions rose in the north of the country.

    People’s Defense Units (YPG), the militant wing of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), and al-Qaeda linked al-Nusra Front have been engaged in a fight for almost a week in the Syrian town of Ras al-Ayn, near the Turkish border town of Ceylanpınar.

    The new round of fighting broke out in Tel Abyad, a border town near Turkey in the rebel-held Raqqa province. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said clashes began after Kurdish fighters in the area discovered fighters from an al Qaeda-linked rebel group trying to rig one of their bases with explosives.

    TSK opens fire

    Meanwhile, Ceylanpınar in Şanlıurfa was also on alert. The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) said July 21 in a written statement that they had shot back after Syria opened fire on an armored-vehicle on the Turkish side. Syria opened fire on the Turkish armored-vehicle 10 to 15 times according to the statement published on the TSK’s official website. The vehicle “retaliated by shooting back within the frame of engagement rules,” the Turkish Armed Forces said in the statement. Turkey had returned fire into Syrian territory first on June 17, after shots fired from the Syrian side killed one Turkish citizen and seriously wounded another. Second Army Commander Galip Mendi, meanwhile, headed to the southeastern provice of Hatay on July 20, where he inspected Turkey’s border with Syria in the province.

    Mendi went to the area where three Turkish soldiers were injured by fire opened from the Syrian side and collected information from local authorities about the incident. He also visited the wounded soldiers, who are being treated at Antakya Hospital.

  2. Kurdish National Council flag replaces PYD flag in Syrian town ...

    The Democratic Union Party (PYD) flag was replaced by the Kurdish National Council flag in the northern Syrian town of Ras al-Ayn early on July 26.

    The flag of the PYD, which had been flapping at a nine-storey building since July 19, was removed to be replaced by the flag of the Kurdish National Council.

    The PYD flag was hoisted last week after the PYD military forces largely took control of Ras al-Ayn after clashes with the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front that began on July 16.

    Bullets fired during the clashes in Ras al-Ayn killed two and injured three Turkish citizens in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa’s Ceylanpınar district, which borders the Syrian town.

    The hoisting of the PYD flag had caused reactions in Turkey, as it could clearly be seen from Ceylanpınar.

  3. Συνομιλίες του αρχηγού Κούρδων της Συρίας με τούρκους αξιωματούχους....O Σαλέχ Μουσλίμ στην Κωνσταντινούπολη μετά την αναζωπύρωση στη μεθόριο...

    Ο Σαλέχ Μουσλίμ, αρχηγός του κουρδικού Δημοκρατικού Ενωτικού Κόμματος (PYD) στη Συρία, έχει φτάσει την Παρασκευή στην Κωνσταντινούπολη, σύμφωνα με κουρδικές πηγές που επικαλείται το Reuters.

    Η ομάδα έχει πάρει τον έλεγχο ορισμένων περιοχών με κουρδικό πληθυσμό στη βόρεια Συρία, στη μεθόριο με την Τουρκία, ανάμεσα στις οποίες βρίσκεται και το Ρας αλ Αΐν.

    Την περασμένη εβδομάδα, το PYD ανέφερε πως έχει στόχο του την ίδρυση προσωρινού συμβουλίου που θα διοικεί τις κουρδικές περιοχές στη βόρεια Συρία μέχρι τη λήξη του εμφυλίου. Τέτοια κίνηση, σημειώνει το βρετανικό πρακτορείο, αναμένεται να προκαλέσει ανησυχίες στην Aγκυρα.

  4. Turkey issues warning to Syrian Kurdish group...Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country is worried about militants gaining strength around the border...

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s prime minister says Syrian Kurds have been warned against taking “wrong and dangerous” steps toward Kurdish autonomy in Syria.

    Recep Tayyip Erdogan said a Turkish official made the warning to Saleh Muslim, the leader of a Syrian Kurdish militant group, who met Turkish intelligence officials in Turkey on Friday.

    Turkey is concerned because Syrian Kurdish militants have been strengthening their power in areas bordering Turkey and because of reports that their aim is to form an autonomous region.

    The Syrian Kurdish group — affiliated with Turkey’s own autonomy-seeking Kurdish rebels — took control of a town on the border with Turkey after fighting radical Islamic groups.

    Erdogan said: “The necessary warning was made that the steps they are taking are wrong and dangerous.”

  5. Syrian Kurd Leader: Turkey Changes Position, Vows Aid ...

    The head of the main Syrian Kurdish party said on Sunday that Turkey has changed its position and will provide the Kurds in Syria with humanitarian aid.

    "A promise has been made. Turkey is going to help our people in all areas. That is to say it will provide humanitarian aid," said Saleh Muslim, co-president of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), in an interview published Sunday in the Turkish daily Milliyet.

    "I can say that Turkey has changed its attitude towards the PYD. The simple fact that I am here already shows the biggest change," said Muslim, who was invited to Istanbul by Turkey's foreign ministry and met Turkish officials on Friday.

    The PYD is the main Kurdish party in Syria and is considered a branch of Turkey's outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). It has taken control of some Syrian towns on the border with Turkey.

    Turkey has warned the PYD against any push for autonomy in the border region as Ankara continues negotiations with the PKK with the aim of finding a political solution to the Turkish Kurd insurgency that has been going on since 1984.

    On Friday Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters that during the discussions the PYD would be warned about any "dangerous schemes".

    However, Muslim Sunday described the discussions with Turkish officials as "positive".

    The Syrian Kurdish leader said his movement had no intention to proclaim autonomy in northern Syria, but that the Kurds needed to "be in charge of the region temporarily" while waiting "for a political solution in which everyone -- Kurds, Turkmen, Arabs -- finds their place."

  6. Ankara to Barzani: We do not lend support to al-Nusra Front...

    Meeting with Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, Turkish leaders assured that Turkey was not lending its support to the al-Qaida affiliated al-Nusra Front in Syria, Turkish diplomatic sources told the Hürriyet Daily News.

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met with Barzani on July 31, a day after Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu held a closed-doors meeting with the Kurdish leader.

    Turkey and KRG had a common stance and concerns about the recent developments in the region, sources said, adding that Barzani had a similar stance with Turkey regarding the future of Syria.

    Iraqi Kurds voiced concerns about al-Nusra Front becoming a powerful force in an area neighboring Iraqi Kurdistan, which could put northern Iraq’s stability in jeopardy, according to Iraqi Kurdish sources.
    According to Turkish sources, Ankara did not support any group in Syria, Turkish officials responded when Barzani expressed that Iraqi Kurdish people were frustrated with the al-Nusra Front.

    The Kurdish National Conference was another topic of the meeting, at which Barzani presented a similar stance to Turkey regarding the future of Syria, and he gave the message that they did not want any division in the country, Turkish diplomatic sources said. The visit of the leader of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), Saleh Muslim, to Turkey over the weekend was also discussed.

    Meeting with Minister of Energy Taner Yıldız on July 31, Barzani informed him about a recent law “The Law of Identifying and Obtaining Financial Dues to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq from Federal Revenue” passed in April by the Iraqi Kurdistan Parliament.....

  7. Syrian Kurds take fragile steps towards autonomy...

    Looking back over the border at the Syrian hometown he fled, Adil is circumspect when he sees a Kurdish flag hoisted over its low-rise, breeze block buildings.The 33-year-old Kurd has seen victors come and go and it is far too soon to celebrate.

    "First there was Bashar al-Assad and there was oppression, then came the rebel Free Syrian Army and it was little better, and now the Kurds have taken control," he said.

    "We're undecided on what they will be like. We'll have to wait and see. But whoever is in control is not important as long as there is security and justice. That's all we want."

    Kurdish militias have sought to consolidate their grip in northern Syria after exploiting the chaos of the country's civil war over the past year by seizing control of districts as President Bashar al-Assad's forces focused elsewhere.

    Their emerging self-rule is starting to echo the autonomy of Kurds in neighbouring north Iraq, and highlights Syria's slow fragmentation into a Kurdish north-east, mainly government-held areas around Damascus, Homs and the Mediterranean, and a rebel swathe leading from Aleppo along the Euphrates Valley to Iraq.

    Ras al-Ain, a border town abutting Ceylanpınar in Turkey and an ethnic mix of Arabs, Kurds and others, has been a focus of the struggle for months, with Kurdish militias fighting for control against Arab rebel fighters from the al Qaeda-linked hardline Sunni Islamist al-Nusra Front.

    Two weeks ago, fighters allied to the Democratic Union Party (PYD), the strongest local Kurdish group with its well-armed and effective militias, captured the town from Nusra fighters.

    Days later, the PYD's leader Saleh Muslim announced it would set up an independent council to run Kurdish areas of Syria until the war ends.......

  8. Syrie: les Kurdes défendent leur autonomie face aux djihadistes...

    Groupes djihadistes et milices kurdes s'affrontent pour le contrôle des territoires libérés dans le nord-est de la Syrie. Après avoir profité de l'effondrement du pouvoir de Bachar el-Assad dans cette région pour installer un début d'autonomie, les Kurdes craignent que leur projet ne soit remis en cause.

    En Syrie, les combats n'opposent pas seulement les forces du régime aux rebelles. Depuis deux semaines, ils font rage, aussi, au nord du pays, entre la minorité kurde et certains groupes djihadistes. "Ce ne sont plus des combats entre électrons libres vaguement organisés, souligne Boris James, chercheur à l'Institut français du Proche-Orient et spécialiste des Kurdes. Les niveaux de violences sont suffisamment élevés pour dire qu'il y a une offensive claire."

    Mercredi 31 juillet, des combattants de l'Etat islamique d'Irak et du Levant (EIIL) et du Front Al Nosra, deux groupes liés à Al Qaïda, ont pris le contrôle de deux localités, prenant en otages environ 200 civils kurdes. Les comités de la protection du peuple Kurde (YPG), principales milices kurdes de Syrie, ont appelé à la mobilisation générale afin de protéger les zones dont ils avaient réussi à s'emparer en profitant du chaos créé par la guerre civile depuis un an.

    Un pays morcellé...

  9. Φρίκη έχει προκαλέσει βίντεο, το οποίο αναρτήθηκε τη Δευτέρα στο διαδίκτυο, και στο οποίο αντάρτες, μέλη της οργάνωσης Αλ Νούσρα καίνε ζωντανούς τρεις στρατιώτες συρο-κουρδικής καταγωγής, όπως μετέδωσε το ιρανικό τηλεοπτικό δίκτυο Al-Alam.....

    Οι σκηνές που εκτυλίσσονται στο βίντεο προκαλούν ανατριχίλα, καθώς οι αντάρτες περιλούζουν με εύφλεκτο υγρό τους τρεις άνδρες που τους έχουν περάσει χειροπέδες και τους έχουν δέσει τα μάτια και στη συνέχεια τους πετούν στη φωτιά που έχουν ανάψει.

    Σύμφωνα με μαρτυρίες, οι αντάρτες της αλ-Νούσρα πραγματοποίησαν επίθεση στην περιοχή Ταλ Αμπτιαν στη βόρεια Συρία, σκοτώνοντας 450 πολίτες, στην πλειονότητά τους άμαχοι.

    Οι συγκρούσεις μεταξύ των κούρδων μαχητών και αυτών που συνδέονται με την Αλ Κάιντα ξέσπασαν τις προηγούμενες εβδομάδες στη βόρεια και βορειοανατολική Συρία, όταν Κούρδοι, που αντιτίθενται στην ξένη επέμβαση στη Συρία, κατάφεραν να απωθήσουν αντάρτες από διάφορες θέσεις στην περιοχή.

  10. President of Iraqi Kurdistan ready to defend Kurds in Syria...

    Masoud Barzani, the president of the Iraqi Kurdistan region, has said that he will use “all capabilities” to defend Kurdish civilians who are under threat by Al-Qaeda-linked fighters involved in the Syrian civil war.

    The statement comes days after reports of a possible massacre in Syria.

    Barzani said that he wants a committee to be formed to look into reports of violence, and has hinted that the autonomous region of northern Iraq, which has a well-equipped army, would intervene militarily to defend Syrian Kurds.

    In a letter which he posted online Saturday on the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) website, he said that he told Kurdish representatives to go to Syria and investigate reports that “terrorists of Al-Qaeda are attacking the civilian population and slaughtering innocent Kurdish women and children.”

    “If the reports are true, showing that citizens, women and children of innocent Kurds are under threat from murder and terrorism, Iraq’s Kurdistan region will make use of all its capabilities to defend women and children and innocent civilians,” the letter continued.

    As well as being posted online Saturday, the letter was sent on Thursday to the preparatory committee for a Kurdish National Conference to be held later this month in Arbil – located in the far north of Iraqi Kurdistan.

    The statement referred to the area of Syria where Kurds live as ‘Western Kurdistan.’ The Kurdish people are spread over adjoining parts of Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Iran, and are the largest ethnic group in the world without their own state.

    Iraqi Kurds have already sent food, medical supplies, and fuel to their Kurdish brethren in Syria but Barzani’s statement is the first time that intervention has been suggested.

    There were unconfirmed reports of a massacre earlier this week, in which 450 Kurds were allegedly murdered by Al-Qaeda-linked rebels. According to IranianTV channel Al-Alam, militants from the Jabat Al-Nusra Front attacked the town of Tal Abyad near the Turkish border on Monday, killing 120 children and 330 women. Neither the Syrian government nor the Syrian opposition has confirmed the report.....

    1. Iraqi Kurds ready to defend Syrian Kurds: Barzani...

      The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President threatened on Saturday to intervene to protect Kurds in neighbouring Syria, who are caught up in fighting between Kurdish forces and jihadists.

      Massud Barzani's remarks came as fighting raged in Syria, which has been racked by civil war for nearly two and a half years.

      Syria's Kurds, who have been marginalised for decades by Damascus, are fighting to ensure that neither forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad nor rebels seeking his overthrow take control of their areas.

      Barzani, president of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region, called in a statement for an investigation by Iraqi Kurdish political parties into reports of "terrorists" killing Syrian Kurds.

      If "it appears that innocent Kurdish citizens and women and children are under threat of death and terrorism, the Iraqi Kurdistan region will... be prepared to defend" them, Barzani said.

      Iraq's Kurds have a three-province autonomous region in the north with its own armed forces and security apparatus which are widely regarded as better trained than the Iraqi army.

      Kurds in Syria make up 10 percent of the population and are mostly concentrated in the north Fierce fighting has broken out in recent weeks between Kurdish forces and Al-Nusra Front, which is also fighting against Assad, after Syrian Kurds expelled the jihadists from the town of Ras al-Ain on the border with Turkey.

  11. PYD seeks autonomous region in Syria despite lack of Kurdish unity...

    Amid the turmoil engulfing Syria, the country's most powerful Kurdish party is now trying to set up an autonomous administration in areas under its control in northeastern and northern Syria, although the Kurdish political groups in the country are deeply divided.

    The Democratic Union Party (PYD), which is considered close to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), a terrorist organization active in Turkey, is the dominant force in Syria's Kurdish areas. The party says it is now time for Kurds to set their house in order and build the infrastructure for self-rule.

    The PYD's attempts appear to have sparked a sense of uncertainty and, at times, unease among some Kurdish groups in Syria and abroad as to how the party's designs might shape the future of Syria's Kurdish region.

    Following the announcement of the PYD's plans to establish a local administration, Iraqi Kurdistan's President Massoud Barzani met separately in early July with representatives of the PYD and its major rival, the Syrian Democratic Kurdish Party (Alparty), which enjoys the support of Barzani.

    The PYD and Alparty have had a tense relationship, and a round of fighting even broke out in Amuda between their supporters last month.

    According to reports widely circulated in Iraqi Kurdish media, Barzani urged the two parties to seize the current opportunity to improve Kurdish rights in Syria, adding that despite differences, both sides should be able to agree on common goals and strategies.....

  12. Syrian Kurds face ‘ethnic cleansing’ by Islamist groups – party leader...

    Syrian Kurds do not support either the government or the rebels, but only want to protect themselves from massacres and ethnic cleansing by Islamist rebel groups, who ignore all democratic principles, says Syrian Kurdish leader Saleh Muslim.

    While there is no end in sight to the bloody Syrian conflict, another front in the civil war has erupted within the country – between the Kurdish militia and Islamist rebels in Northern Syria. Al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamist groups operating in the country, including the al-Nusra Front, are trying to capture Kurdish territories and make them part of an Islamist state they want to create in the region.

    “The Kurdish people have only one objective – to protect ourselves and our homes,” Saleh Muslim, the head of the Kurdish Democratic Union party, told RT Arabic. “Our people, our villagers suffer vicious assaults. They are chased out of their homes. They become victims of massacres and ethnic cleansing. Everything connected to the Kurds is being destroyed.”

    In the 1980s, Saddam Hussein’s regime waged a similar campaign against the Kurdish people in Iraq, Muslim recalled, adding that terrorist groups in Syria support those massacres.

    Seeking shelter from brutal violence in their homeland, over 40,000 Syrians – the vast majority believed to be Kurds – have poured into neighboring Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region within the past two weeks.

    “Those who attack us and our homes have no respect for democracy or freedom; they have no respect for anything. It’s as if these people were from a different planet,” the Syrian Kurdish leader stated. “All that we have said and done from the very outset was to protect ourselves both from the regime and from these forces.”

    Since the very beginning of the Syrian conflict, the Kurds have never sided with President Assad’s regime, Muslim said.

    “They were part of the Syrian revolution that pressed for regime change and reforms in Syria. Today, our views remain the same,” he added.

    The Kurds are also against any foreign military interference in the conflict, Muslim said.

    “People talk a lot today about a possible strike on Syria. Syria is our homeland, and since day one of the conflict we’ve rejected foreign military intervention in any shape or form, because this may leave the country and the entire region completely devastated,” he told RT Arabic....

  13. Kurdish fighters seize Syrian border post from Islamists...

    (Reuters) - Kurdish militants seized a Syrian border post on the frontier with Iraq early on Saturday, a monitoring group said, after three days of clashes with an al Qaeda-linked group which had held the crossing for more than a year.

    The Yarubiya post and surrounding areas in the northeast were taken from the Islamist State of Iraq and the Levant rebel group, who had seized it from the army, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

    Ethnic Kurds in Syria have a complex role in nearly three years of conflict that started when President Bashar al-Assad cracked down on a pro-democracy uprising.

    The ensuing war has pitted Sunni Muslims against Assad's Alawite minority and different Kurdish militia have fought for both sides, normally over territory or power disputes.

    World powers have failed to halt the Syrian conflict, which has killed more than 100,000 people, according to the United Nations.

    Forty people died when a car bomb exploded outside a mosque in Wadi Barada, in Damascus province, on Friday, the Observatory said.

    State news agency SANA said many "terrorists" - a term it uses for those fighting Assad - where also killed in the explosion and quoted a witness who said the mosque's two entrances collapsed when the bomber struck before the end of Friday prayers.

    State TV said on Friday that the leader of the Islamist Jabhat al-Nusra, a rebel group that has claimed responsibility for several suicide bombings, had been killed.

    Rebels denied that Abu Mohammad al-Golani had been killed and the Observatory quoted two "senior Nusra leaders" as saying the reports were not true.

    (Reporting by Oliver Holmes; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

  14. Syrian Kurds declare autonomous government...

    Following a series of military gains, Syrian Kurds in the northeast of the country announced on Tuesday the formation of a transitional autonomous government.

    The latest declaration comes amid a general strengthening of Kurdish rights in neighboring Turkey, and increasing moves towards independence by Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region.

    Long oppressed under Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his father before him, Kurds view the civil war as an opportunity to gain the kind of autonomy enjoyed by their ethnic kin in neighboring Iraq.

    The announcement was made after talks in the mostly-Kurdish town of Qamishli, and comes after Kurdish leaders announced plans to create the temporary government in July.

    The transitional autonomous government involves the division of Syria’s Kurdish region into three areas, each with its own local assembly, as well as representatives to a regional executive body, AFP reported.

    Tuesday’s statement detailed the “formation of a transitional civil administration for the area of Western Kurdistan-Syria.”

    “The meeting was held two days ago in the town of Qamishli between all the local groups, which discussed the project of a transitional civil administration that was put forward by the PYD earlier,” it said, referring to the Kurdish Democratic Union Party.

    “The key responsibilities of the transitional administration will be preparation of local election laws and preparing general elections, a well as political, military, security and economic issues in the region and Syria.”

    Kurdish regions of northern Syria have been administered by local Kurdish councils since forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad withdrew in the middle of 2012......

  15. Syrie: les Kurdes annoncent une administration autonome de transition...

    Les Kurdes du nord-est de la Syrie ont annoncé mardi l'établissement d'une administration autonome de transition, après avoir enregistré plusieurs avancées sur le terrain face aux groupes jihadistes.

    Ce communiqué a été publié après des discussions dans la localité de Qamishli, à majorité kurde, et quatre mois après que des dirigeants kurdes de Syrie ont annoncé leur intention de mettre en place un gouvernement provisoire.

    En vertu de cette décision, la région kurde de Syrie est divisée en trois zones, chacune dotée d'une assemblée locale ainsi que de représentants au sein d'un organe exécutif régional.

    Le communiqué annonce la "formation d'une administration civile transitoire pour la région du Kurdistan-Occidental/Syrie".

    "Les premières responsabilités de l'administration de transition vont être de préparer des lois sur les élections locales et de préparer les élections générales, ainsi que des questions politiques, militaires, économiques et de sécurité dans la région et en Syrie".

    Les zones kurdes du nord de la Syrie sont administrées par des conseils locaux kurdes depuis que les forces gouvernementales syriennes s'en sont retirées à la mi-2012.

    Ce retrait avait été perçu comme tactique, destiné essentiellement à encourager les Kurdes à ne pas s'allier aux rebelles.

    Plus récemment, des combats ont opposé les combattants kurdes aux jihadistes, mais en octobre, les forces kurdes ont pris le contrôle d'un poste frontalier très important à la frontière de l'Irak.

    Les Kurdes représentent environ 15% de la population syrienne, et se concentrent surtout dans la partie nord du pays.

  16. Ανησυχεί έντονα η Άγκυρα για τις πρωτοβουλίες της συριακής κουρδικής οργάνωσης PYD...

    Ανησυχία προκαλούν στην Άγκυρα οι εξελίξεις στις βόρειες επαρχίες της Συρίας, όπου η Κουρδική οργάνωση PYD συγκρότησε τοπική συνέλευση με την επωνυμία «συνέλευση της Ροζάβα» με έδρα την πόλη Καμισλί, κοντά στα τουρκικά σύνορα.

    Την κίνηση κατήγγειλε ο ηγέτης της Περιφερειακής Κυβέρνησης του Κουρδιστάν του Ιράκ, Μασούντ Μπαρζανί που κατηγόρησε το PYD ότι κάνει κρυφές συμφωνίες με το καθεστώς του Μπασάρ αλ Άσαντ στη Συρία. «Αυτό που κάνει το PYD είναι να ελέγχει για λογαριασμό του καθεστώτος Άσαντ τις περιοχές που τους παραχώρησε το καθεστώς», δήλωσε ο Μπαρζανί και κατηγόρησε το PYD ότι παραβίασε τη συμφωνία της 11ης Ιουλίου 2012 που προέβλεπε ότι όλες οι κουρδικές ομάδες της Συρίας θα δράσουν από κοινού.

    "Το PYD παρέσυρε τους Κούρδους σε έναν πόλεμο που δεν αφορά τους όρους και δεν πρόκειται να τους προσφέρει κανένα πλεονέκτημα», είπε ακόμα ο Μπαρζανί.

    Ο Τούρκος υπουργός Εξωτερικών Αχμέτ Νταβούτογλου συνέστησε στο PYD να απέχει από κάθε κίνηση που θα οδηγούσε σε διαμελισμό της Συρίας.

    Η συγκρότηση της τοπικής συνέλευσης θεωρείται ως βήμα για τον σχηματισμό μιας μεταβατικής αυτόνομης διοίκησης στη βόρεια Συρία, κατά τα πρότυπα του βορείου Ιράκ.

    Ο Τούρκος υπουργός Εξωτερικών δήλωσε ήδη ότι «είναι ανέφικτη η μονομερής ανακήρυξη της εν λόγω διοίκησης».

    Η οργάνωση θεωρείται από τους υποστηρικτές του καθεστώτος Ασαντ της Συρίας, και ορισμένοι θεωρούν ότι υιοθετεί αντιτουρκικές θέσεις λόγω της δυναμικής που δημιουργεί ο εμφύλιος πόλεμος στη Συρία και η μετακίνηση της Τουρκίας προς την κατεύθυνση των αντιπάλων του καθεστώτος Άσαντ.

    Η συμπεριφορά του PYD και ο έλεγχος κρίσιμων περιοχών κοντά στα σύνορα με την Τουρκία μπορεί να συνέβαλε στην στήριξη που λέγεται ότι παρείχε η Τουρκία προς φονταμενταλιστικές ισλαμιστικές οργανώσεις που πολεμούσαν το PYD στα πλαίσια του Συριακού εμφυλίου πολέμου.

    Η συμπεριφορά του PYD μπορεί να επηρεάσει και τις εσωτερικές εξελίξεις στην Τουρκία, αν η οργάνωση επιλέξει να μην ευθυγραμμιστεί με την πολιτική που έχει σχεδιάσει ο Αμπντουλάχ Οτζαλάν και συνταχθεί με τα Κουρδικά στοιχεία που θέλουν την συνέχιση του ένοπλου αγώνα.

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“The U.S. must stop supporting terrorists who are destroying Syria and her people" : US Congresswoman, Tulsi Gabbard

US Congresswoman, Tulsi Gabbard, recently visited Syria, and even met with President Bashar Al-Assad. She also visited the recently libe...

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