Syria's Kurdish factions meet in Erbil to end rivalries

Talks between Syria's Kurdish groups are brokered by two Turkish politicians - Leyla Zana and Osman Baydemir. Meanwhile, PYD leader Salih Muslim is in Russia.

Syria's Kurdish factions meet in Erbil to end rivalries

World Bulletin / News Desk

Talks aimed at building an alliance between various Kurdish groups in Syria, so that Kurds can take part in the Geneva II as a unified group, are being held in the Iraqi town of Erbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish administration in the country.

The meetings, which are being held behind closed doors, are primarily aimed at establishing an alliance between the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and other Kurdish factions in Syria. This is to enable all the Kurds of Syria to participate in the upcoming peace conference in Geneva.

Speaking to the Anadolu Agency, Mustafa Juma, the General Secretary of the Kurdish Azadi Party, emphasized the disagreements between PYD and other Kurdish parties. "Now there is a possibility of forming an alliance with PYD. If this alliance can be established, Kurds will participate in Geneva-II as a unified group. If not, we will join the conference under the umbrella of Syrian National Coalition".

The meetings in the Salahaddin district of Erbil are being brokered by Leyla Zana, a Turkish MP of Kurdish descent, and Osman Baydemir, mayor of Turkey's mainly Kurdish-populated city of Diyarbakir.

The meetings had commenced on Monday, with participation by Massoud Barzani, the head of the autonomous Kurdish administration in northern Iraq, in the first two days.

The Democratic Union Party (PYD) emerged as one of the formidable Kurdish factions in Syria. Rivalries between PYD and other Kurdish parties have frequently been reported since the beginning of the Syrian civil war in 2011.

PYD delegation in Russia

Meanwhile, PYD co-president Salih Muslim has led a delegation of PYD members to the Russian capital Moscow, where he will speak before the Russian parliament on Wednesday.

On Monday, the delegation met with Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Mihail Bogdanov and the chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations.

Salih Muslim explained the PYD’s plan and desire fort he democratic autonomy of Kurds in North-western Syria.

According to Firat News, the delegation will then head to Geneva on Thursday.

Last Mod: 18 Aralık 2013, 14:32
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