ARA News – Exclusive
Urfa, Turkey– The Democratic Union Party (PYD) and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP – Iraqi Kurdistan) have recently exchanged accusations, as the latter accused the PYD of preventing freedoms and of imposing a one-party policies in the Kurdish areas in Syria −where military forces loyal to the PYD are in control.
Speaking to ARA News in an exclusive interview, Ibrahim Ibrahim, member of the Media Committee of the PYD and its official in Europe, talked about the rifts of his party with the KDP over Kurdish political issues in Syria.
Talking about the reasons behind the disagreements between them (the PYD) and both of the KDP of Iraqi Kurdistan and the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Syria (KDPS), Ibrahim said that the PYD doesn’t work to exclude the KDPS or any other Kurdish political forces, adding that the PYD doesn’t oppose the participation of any party in the self-rule administration led by the PYD in Kurdish areas in Syria.
“The PYD essentially disagrees with the KDPS because they (members of the KDPS) want to present themselves as an alternative to our national and political project (self-rule) even though they don’t have any clear vision of the project they would like to present,” Ibrahim said.
Ibrahim emphasized that the PYD has worked to protect the Kurds in Syria and has provided security to the Kurdish areas.
“Moreover, we work to maintain civil peace in the region. Whereas the officials of the KDPS and other Kurdish parties were abroad, and claimed that the PYD prevents them from carrying out their activities and tries to exclude them from the Kurdish political decision,” Ibrahim told ARA News.
“They (KDPS members) only seek to implement plans of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iraqi Kurdistan and agendas of the Syrian National Coalition (SNC), which means that they don’t have any national projects of their own to present,” Ibrahim said.
The representative of the PYD in Europe also stated to ARA News that the KDPS demanded the PYD to allow the entry of a military force “which is loyal to them and which has been trained by the Peshmerga forces of the KDP of Iraqi Kurdistan” into the Kurdish areas in Syria, adding that the PYD refused their demand because the existence of two different military forces in Syria’s Kurdish areas would most likely lead to a Kurdish-Kurdish conflict.
“We told the KDPS that their military force can instead join the ranks of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) −led by the PYD− to avoid any possible Kurdish-Kurdish infighting, as it happened in Iraqi Kurdistan in 1995 between the two main parties there (KDP and PUK),” Ibrahim said.
“The facts and results show that our (PYD’s) national and political project which we have been working on for years is the more realistic in the light of the current conditions of Syria and the Kurds,” he argued. “The project (PYD-led self-rule in Syria’s Kurdish areas) comes from the aspiration of our people for a political change in Syria and doesn’t come as a fulfilment of regional and international aspirations (in reference to the way KDPS operates).”
Ibrahim further said: “The KDPS and the other Kurdish parties which form the Kurdish National Council (KNC) −coalition of 16 parties− demand us to work together with international forces and to join the Syrian National Coalition (SNC) even though the latter hasn’t yet recognized our national rights in Syria.”
“We (PYD) don’t support any side of the conflict in Syria (neither regime nor opposition) and we refuse use of violence and the destruction of the country. We are at the side of the Syrian people who demand freedom and democracy,” he emphasized.
Regarding the PYD’s relation with the Syrian National Coordination Body for Democratic Change (a rival opposition group to the SNC), Ibrahim said: “We have a relationship of equals with the SNCB, based on mutual respect. However, we don’t accept that some Arab nationalists who form part of the SNCB to dictate to us what we have to do, as Syria is a country of all its ethnic groups.”
Interviewed by: Ridwan Bizar
Source: ARA News
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