Muslim added that there is a need for a provisional council in the territory controlled by Kurds in northern Syria, which could also include Arabs, Syriacs and Turkmens, to guarantee governance until the two-year-long conflict reaches a settlement.

“By all means,- said Muslim – Kurds will need to have a status in the new order in Syria. But what’s in question now is a provisional arrangement until we arrive at that phase. It’s not about making a Constitution, but practical rules are necessary.”

Muslim also said that “No decision has been taken yet. Our thought is to establish a provisional council of 40-50, maybe a hundred people. This council will comprise Kurds, Syriacs, Arabs and Turkmens. They will choose the provisional administration from among themselves”.

Muslim met Foreign Ministry and other senior officials on the recent developments in northern Syria.

He said that they “held talks on various issues. We were already close to each other. Ahmet Davutoğlu had some positive statements. The al-Nusra Front is pursuing a war against us. This is very important and we discussed it with Turkey”.

The idea Muslim planted was that of “a provisional administration to ensure delivery of the public services that have been hampered because of the war. The administration will be comprised of all parties in Rojava. We discussed and talked about these matters”.

As to the PYD position on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Muslim said : “We have had a constant policy since the beginning. We are against al-Assad and want him to be overthrown. But because we can’t position ourselves with certain sides or send our young people to fight in Damascus as we protect our region, some are displeased. But claims that we are with the regime are baseless. We have been a part of the opposition since the beginning”.

ANF – Ankara 27.07.2013

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