No democracy in Syria without just
solution for Kurdish issue: secretary of the Syrian
Kurdish Left Party
April 20, 2012
Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — The secretary of the
Syrian Kurdish Left Party Muhammad Musa said the
formation of the National Syrian Kurdish Council and
the belonging of the parties and organizations to it
supported the Kurdish position in light of the
events taking place in Syria for almost 13 months.
In an exclusive interview with AKnews, Musa said the
position of the opposition on the Kurdish issue is
unclear, adding that there is no democracy in Syria
without a just democratic solution for the Kurdish
How do you assess the
performance of the Syrian Kurdish National Council
since its formation last October?
The first step was represented by the announcement
about the National Kurdish Council that included in
its ranks at the beginning 11 Kurdish political
parties as well as numerous social organizations and
representatives of youth groups. This led to great
satisfaction [among Kurdish public opinion] and amid
Kurdish nationalism in general and attracted many
people at the professional public and political
On the public level we have held a number of
seminars and meetings where the public was informed
about the National Kurdish Council as a first step
by the institutions that have been formed and
announced in the National Kurdish Council
represented by the executive board of the offices of
the Secretariat, coordination, media and external
relations and other internal relations.
We also met with many opposition political groups
across the country or at the level of the blocs and
tried all means to reach understandings because we
are linked with those brothers with common destiny
on the Kurdish issue, since it constitutes one of
the most fundamental issues that the fate of the
country depends on.
The Kurds met the Syrian
opposition parties more than once. What topics were
The discussions, meetings and all conversations
revolve around the pre-change in the country and
after it. We announced clearly our policy through
the National Kurdish Council that focuses on Kurdish
people as a key part of the Syrian society and a
part that cannot be underestimated from the Syrian
We support the peaceful democratic revolution in the
face of tyranny in order to change the structure of
the regime to reach a democratic one. That's what we
were discussing at the level of opposition leaders
and we have tried all means to convince the brothers
that the Kurdish people live on their own historical
land and are the second largest nationalism in the
country and cannot be bypassed in any way.
What is the position of the
Syrian National Council about the Kurdish issue?
The opposition parties must have a clear position
toward the economic, political and social issues
presented on the national Kurdish scene. And in the
forefront, the issue of democracy and the transition
from tyranny to the state of democracy in addition
to resolving the Kurdish issue, since it constitutes
one of the fundamental issues presented on the
national scene that can never ignored.
Regrettably, we didn't reach through discussions
with the Syrian National Council a consensus that
unifies the positions to face the tyranny. We still
have hope and we insist that the Syrian opposition
must be within one framework or at least there
should be cooperation and coordination between all
What is your position of
the Syrian opposition conference in Istanbul and the
Friends of Syria conference that was also held in
Most of the opposition blocs are currently out of
Syria, and with great regret the Kurdish issue
hasn't been addressed yet the way it should be,
where the issue is always addressed from the point
of equal citizenship.
We in turn assure that the Kurdish issue is not the
issue of citizenship as it is the issue of the
second largest nation, and the position of the
opposition about this issue is unclear and it should
be resolved in a way according to certain
foundations and fundamentals to be adopted to build
the future of Syria.
We say no democracy in Syria without just democratic
solution for the Kurdish issue and addressing all of
the issues of the Syrian society and resolving them.
What is the Kurdish
National Council working on these days?
The executive body of the council held more than an
exceptional meeting inside Syria as well as the
meetings of the Secretariat General that addressed
the development of two projects.
Firstly, a political project that deals with the
future visions of the National Kurdish Council at
all levels, whether at the level of field mobility
or moving towards the desired change or at the level
of achievement of the required coalition between the
Secondly, the organization of the National Kurdish
Council and the mechanisms that can be adopted,
where the mechanism of formation of bodies,
offices and work mechanisms will be developed. We
can call it a road map for the Kurdish National
Council about the way to deal on the ground among
the field level and the level of dealing with
others, or at the level of interaction within the
bodies and institutions of the National Council.
When do you expect the
expanded meeting of the Kurdish Council to begin?
How many participants will there be?
I think that will take place during the next few
days in Qamishli city with the participation of 321
members of parties, movements and independents.
Will all parties
participate in the upcoming meeting of the National
So far we have been able after the first round of
the National Kurdish conference to attract many of
the youth groups, and I can say that there is a
large number of youth and independent social
organizations interested in national affairs. I
think that this participation is an important aspect
of Kurdish community in western Kurdistan.
Will the Democratic Union
Party, which is close to the Kurdistan Workers'
Party, participate in the upcoming conference?
The Democratic Union Party will not participate in
the conference because it formed another council
under the name of People's Council for Western
Kurdistan. It is not a member of the National
Kurdish Council. It works in another framework and
more than one organization supports it.
We, in turn, formed a committee since the beginning
and I was a member of the committee, negotiating
committee with the other council, People Council of
Western Kurdistan in Syria and we have issued five
The first document under the name of understanding
document between the two councils, the National
Kurdish Council and People's Council for Western
Kurdistan and issued two statements in which we
tried to make it clear to our people about the need
to achieve the required consensus and unify the
Kurdish street and the Kurdish political movement.
We have failed in forming a single council but we
did not fail in the quest to achieve the required
We issued a statement later to inform the Kurdish
people that we are moving in a direction that can
achieve consensus and we agreed on the formation of
regional committees for all regions to coordinate
field work between the youth organizations and
effective Kurdish parties.
By Shirine Hizar
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