Former Prime Minister of the Syrian National Coalition’s interim government, Ghassan Hitto, has claimed that the announcement of an autonomous Kurdish region in northern Syria by the Democratic Union Party (PYD) would escalate tensions.
In an exclusive interview with Cihan news agency, Ghassan Hitto, one of the top members of the Syrian opposition, evaluated the announcement of an interim administration in Kurdish-held areas in Syria by the PYD, a Syrian offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
The timing of the announcement is also very significant, noted Hitto, saying: “It is still too early for an autonomous or federal system. It is Syrians-not a single group- to decide for it. We support Syria’s territorial integrity. If they have an intention to divide the country, we absolutely reject it. There are local government councils on every corner of Syria; and local governments in cities such as Hama, Homs, Latakia and Deir Ez Zor.” If the announcement came with a reference to these local governments then it is alright, otherwise we are definitely against it, Hitto added.
Pointing out that PYD’s announcement of an interim administration in Syria would also bring about instability in the region, former Syrian opposition leader noted: “This will also increase instability on Turkish border. Turkey’s stability links to the stability in the region.”
Hitto also evaluated that the Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) opposes PYD’s move which takes a careful consideration and said it is wise that Barzani refused this; as it is fatal for region’s stability.
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