Syrian Kurdish National Council reject
PKK's warring words
March 30, 2012
The leader of the Kurdistan National Council (KNC)
Ahmad Suleiman. Photo: Rudaw
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DAMASCUS,— The Kurdish National Council
of Syria will not allow for Kurdish regions of Syria
to become a battlefield, declared the council's
Ahmed Suleiman's remark came in response to Murat Karayilan,
the acting commander of the Turkey's Kurdish rebel
group, the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), who said
the group would turn the Kurdish region of Syria
"war zone" if
Turkish troops entered Syrian Kurdistan [Western
Kurdistan] to oust Bashar al-Assad's regime.
Murat Karayilan said. "let it be clear that in case
the Turkish state interfered against our nation in
the western Kurdistan [Syria], then all the areas of
Kurdistan will turn into a battlefield."
The Kurdish regions in Syria are still void of any
forms of militancy, whether by the Kurdish
opposition and the people, or by the Syrian
authorities, Suleiman said.
He added the Kurdish National Council of Syria (KNCS)
refuses any statement that call for changing the
Kurdish area into a "battlefield for regional or
international dispute, as the biggest risk will be
posted on the Kurdish nation, who live in peace.
"We refuse to change the Kurdish region into areas
of military dispute, even on the interior level,"
the official stressed.
"The KNCS is doing its best to guarantee security
and peace for Syria as a whole."
Regarding the visit of the UN envoy to Syria, Kufi
Annan, Suleiman said the Kurdish opposition supports
any effort by the international community to
alleviate the Syrian crisis especially in volatile
for the sake of Syrian citizens.
At the same time he believed Annan's mission "will
not success without the approval of China and
However, Saleh al-Moslem, who leads the PKK-affiliated
Democratic Union Party in Syria, said that PKK
senior official's statement about Syria reflects
solely his own beliefs.
"I don't believe that the PKK does not desire to
take the Kurdish dispute in Turkey to Syria but it
is Turkey which is now interfering in Syrian
internal affairs," he said.
The official accused the ruling Justice and
Development Party in Turkey of "standing in the way"
of granting ethnic rights to Kurds in Syria.
He said: "[it] is a risk against Kurds, as it
happened with the Turkish Ambassador's interference
with Gamal Abdul-Naser in 1975 over the Kurdish
radio in Cairo."
Moslem believed Karayilan was pointing out that in
case Turkey interfered in Syria to "cull Kurds, then
we [the PKK] will turn the Kurdish lands a
battlefield against it [Turkey].
"And this is defending the Kurds not the Syrian
By Amer Abdul-Salam for Aknews part of this
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