Syrian Kurd leader barred from Iraq

Salih Muslim, the co-leader of the Syrian Kurdish PYD party, has been denied access to the autonomous regional government of Kurdistan in northern Iraq.

Syrian Kurd leader barred from Iraq

World Bulletin / News Desk

 Salih Muslim, the co-leader of the Syrian Kurdish PYD party, has been denied access to the autonomous regional government of Kurdistan in northern Iraq.

Having been kept waiting at the border for 5 day, Salih Muslim said that he had received permission to go to the memorial of his deceased son, only to find the passage closed. He was planning to move on to Europe from Iraq.

‘‘This has nothing to do with Mesut Barzani’’ he said, defending the regional leader, ‘‘this is the work of the Kurdistan Democrat Party’s old board.’’

Responding to questions, Muslim explained ‘‘They’re not telling us why but we know the reason is politically motivated. The second Geneva conference is approaching, and they’re not happy with our participation in such diplomatic projects. I think it has something to do with my last speech. They want to bring Abdulhakim Bashar (the general manager of the Syria Kurdish Democrat Party) to the forefront. The Azadi Party has united all the other parties and were accepted into the commission. They’re up to something. This coalition is standing against a Kurdish union.’’

When asked about his statement ‘the bullet that killed my son was shot from Turkey’, Muslim said, ‘‘when I said that I meant that we do not negotiate with the group that shot my son.’’ He also added ‘‘we need to look into who supported them and who stands behind them.’’

After his son was shot dead by fighters from the Nusra Front, he received messages of condolence from Turkey. He thanked the Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu for his polite gesture.

Last Mod: 24 Ekim 2013, 10:16
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