De Mistura says Syrian Kurds need to participate in constitution drafting

Published by Ekurd Daily on 11/7/17 GENEVA,— UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura reiterated in an interview with Sputnik the vital need for Syrian Kurds to participate in the process of drafting the nation’s constitution, adding that he believed their voices will be hard to ignore once this process starts. “The Kurds are an important relevant community. Syrian Kurds will have to have a righteous s ...

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Once We Beat ISIS, Don’t Abandon Us – Sinam Mohamad

Published on the Opinion Pages of The New York Times on May 11, 2017 AMUDA, Syria — At long last, those of us struggling to maintain a fledgling democracy in Northern Syria have been buoyed by the announcement from the Trump administration that the American military will begin to directly arm the Kurdish men and women who make up the backbone of the Syrian Democratic Forces. Those forces have been America’s ...

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Turkey invites Barzani-backed Syrian Kurdish KNC leaders to Astana peace talks, PYD still blocked

Published by Ekurd Daily on January 18, 2017 HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Three Syrian Kurdish leaders officially have been invited to take part in the Jan. 23 Astana talks between Syrian government and opposition parties, to be mediated by Russia, Iran and Turkey. Ibrahim Biro, head of the Kurdish National Council (KNC or ENKS), Abdulhakim Bashar, deputy president of the Syrian National Council, ...

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“De enige manier om Syrië bij elkaar te houden is de invoering van een gedecentraliseerd, democratisch en seculier systeem.” Interview met Salih Muslim

Gepubliceerd door Vrede vzw op 23 december 2016 Salih Muslim is co-voorzitter van de PYD, de Koerdische politieke beweging die in het noorden van Syrië een autonoom bestuur leidt. In december was Salih Muslim in het Europese Parlement. Journalist Jonathan Steele en ex-diplomaat Carne Ross namen een publiek interview met hem af. Salih Muslim Muhammad is de co-voorzitter van de Democratische Unie Partij (PYD) ...

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Closing Statement of the 8th Congress of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) Europe Organisation

The PYD held its 8th Congress in Brussels (24-25 September 2016) under the slogan "From free Rojava towards a Democratic Syria" with the participation of 600 members and more than 150 guests from the 4 parts of Kurdistan and 13 different European countries, including representatives of political parties, MPs and academics from Europe, America and the Middle East. The first day was allocated for guests to ex ...

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PYD leader describes opening of KRG-Rojava border as “a good step”

Published by Rudaw 13 June 2016 KIRKUK, Kurdistan Region— The leader of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) welcomed the opening of the Semelka border crossing between the Kurdistan Region and Syria’s autonomous Kurdish region of Rojava on Sunday, describing it as a “good step” “The gate is now open for transfer of food and medicine and I hope it remains to be open for the needs of the public,” PYD lea ...

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PYD to Be Included in Upcoming Round of Geneva Talks

Published by Kurdish Question 7 June 2016 A source within the Democratic Union Party (PYD), the largest Kurdish party in Rojava, has confirmed that they will be involved in the next round of negotiations at Geneva. Speaking to Kurdistan24, Sihanouk Dibo an advisor in the PYD, said they had received a detailed letter from United Nations Syria Envoy Staffan de Mistura, who is responsible for resolving the Syr ...

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Rojava officials negotiate Iraqi Kurds over reopening Semalka border crossing

Published by ARA News 26 May 2016 KOBANE – A delegation from Rojava’s Auto-Administration, led by Syrian Kurdish politician Aldar Xelil, met with a delegation from the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) of northern Iraq to discuss the closure of the Semalka border crossing. Since 16 March, the Kurdish government in Iraq has closed the border between Syria’s Kurdish region [Rojava] and Iraqi Kurdistan. This is ...

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Kurdistan National Congress calls on Kurds to open their borders

    Published by ARA News 16 May 2016 QAMISHLO – The Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) is to protest the closure of borders between the Kurdish areas of Syria and Iraq on Monday afternoon while the 100th anniversary of the Sykes-Picot agreement is approaching. “In the past, the Kurds were not active regional players; they were not organized and had little power. However, today the people of Kurdis ...

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