Posted on September 19, 2016 by Editorial Staff in 1 Top News, Kurdistan
Assad Al-Zubi, member of the Delegation of the High Negotiations Committee (HNC), Geneva. Photo: courtesy/UN
GENEVA,— Asaad al-Zubi, head of the Syrian opposition’s negotiations delegation to the Geneva peace talks, called Kurds terrorists in an interview with Sky News.
The Syrian opposition member said that the United States refused to work with the Free Syrian Army (FSA), and preferred to work with Kurdish ‘terrorist’ groups such as the People’s Protection Units (YPG), Barzani-backed KNC Peshmerga forces and Yazidis, “while refusing to deal with the FSA that effectively fought against Islamic State IS in Northern Aleppo, and recently in Jarabulus”.
“He said that Peshmergas and YPG are terrorists. This is not the first time that Mr. Al-Zubi issues such statements against the Kurdish people.
Washington regards the Syrian Kurdish fighters of YPG as key ally against Islamic State and the most effective fighting force against IS in Syria and has provided them with air support as well as the military advisers. The Kurdish militia has seized swathes of Syria from Islamic State.
I think he is saying this to gain support from Mr. Erdogan,” Majdal Delli a member of the Kurdish Unity Party, which is one of the member parties of the Kurdish National Council (KNC-ENKS), told ARA News.
KNC, an affiliate of the Iraqi Kurdistan Democratic Party KDP led by Massoud Barzani and also backed by Turkish government, is a coalition of 12 small Syrian Kurdish parties and known to have developed an oppositional stance against PYD as the group became more dominant in Syrian Kurdistan over time.
Al-Zubi’s statement will most likely lead to more pressure from the Kurds to completely withdraw from the Syrian coalition. This comes just two weeks after the Kurds refused a transition plan announced by the Syrian opposition for excluding any recognition of federalism in northern Syria.
“The KNC must ask for an apology from al-Zubi and the Syrian coalition, and demand to freeze the membership of Zubi as a condition for the Kurdish council to continue as a member of the Syrian National Coalition [SNC],” Zara Salih, a member of the Kurdish Yekiti Party in Syria. “If they don’t listen, the KNC should respond by withdrawing from the coalition and the High Negotiations Committee.”
Syrian Kurds have established three autonomous zones, or Cantons of Jazeera, Kobani and Afrin across Syrian Kurdistan (northern Syria) in 2013. On March 17, 2016 Syria’s Kurds declared afederal region in Syrian Kurdistan.