Turkish FM's visit divides Syrian Kurds
August 4, 2012
Kurdistan Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani (R)
welcomes Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu
upon his arrival at Erbil's airport, Kurdistan
region of Iraq. August 1, 2012. Photo: Reuters
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ERBIL-Hewlęr, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — Half
of the members of a high committee of Syrian Kurdish
politicians were not invited to Erbil meeting on
July 1, therefore, they will suspend meetings with
the other members of the committee.
Two days ago Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet
Kurdistan's President Massoud Barzani in Erbil.
Allegedly the Turkish official also
with Abdul-Basit Sayda, head of the Syrian National
Council (SNC) and members of a high committee of
The co-leader of the Democratic Union Party (PYD),
Saleh Muslim, told ANF (Firat News Agency) that only
five members of the high committee were invited to
Muslim said "they have held such a meeting without
informing us…. [Therefore,] we suspend our joint
works until the [reason for the] event is revealed."
The committee was formed on July 24, following a
union agreement made by People's Council of Western
Kurdistan (PCWK) and Kurdish National Council of
Syria (KNCS) on July 9 in Erbil under Barzani's
Muslim demanded that the content of Erbil meetings
"Everything needs to be transparent. If there is a
meeting, it should be [held], under the agreement
between us, by the decision of both sides… But
without consulting us,www.ekurd.net
the other five members of the committee participated
in the meeting.
"Who organized this meeting and who initiated it; we
want these to be revealed."
Muslim continued despite its recent position, the
PYD will "defend the high Kurdish committee to the
end and protect it in all ways.
"But it should be on a straight and solid base…
Aldar Khalil, a PCWK member at the high committee
told DIHA news agency that they have met with the
five members of the Kurdish committee who
participated in Erbil's meeting.
Khalil said "we told them that this meeting was
against the Erbil agreement and they also admitted
they made mistake…but they did not tell us at all a
convincing account of the reason and content of the
He continued from now on the PCWK will not
participate in the meetings in the Kurdistan Region.
After the meeting between Barzani and Turkish FM a
joint statement was issued, saying both parties have
promised cooperation in the face of "terrorist or
extremist" groups in Syria.
Turkish FM's visited Erbil after Kurds in Syria took
over the control of some mainly Kurdish areas.
Turkey stressed it will not allow for any
"terrorist" party, i.e., Turkish dissident group,
Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and its ally PYD to
control any parts of Syria.
Barzani's announcement about training Syrian Kurds
in Kurdistan also pushed Turkey send the delegation
for talks to Erbil.
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