Barzani-backed Kurds condemn Turkish threats to Afrin, reject invitation to Kurdish congress

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Kurdish Demarcation, UK. File photo

ARA News

The leadership of the Barzani-backed Kurdish National Council in Syria (KNC) rejected an invitation from the Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) and strongly condemned ‘Turkish threats to enter Afrin’.

The general leadership of the KNC discussed many issues and recent developments in Syria and Syrian Kurdistan during a meeting on Sunday. Fasla Yousif, the deputy head of the KNC told reporters that the KNC rejected Turkish threats to enter Afrin town–known in Kurdish as Efrîn.

Moreover, Yousif said the KNC also rejected a KNK invitation to participate in a second consultative meeting to hold a general Kurdish congress, which would be tentatively held on July 15-16 in Suleymaniyah, in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Abdulkarim Omer, the head of foreign relations for the Cezire Canton in Syria’s Kurdish region-Rojava, who finished holding talks with most of the Syrian Kurdish parties on behalf of the KNK, also confirmed the KNC rejected the invitation.

Yousif said that the KNC expects practical steps as a gesture of good faith to build a new stage, referring to the imprisonment of dozens of KNC politicians who were mostly arrested by the Rojava Asayish after clashes between rival Kurdish groups in Sinjar on 3 March.

The KNC leadership decided to hold new activities to demand the release of political prisoners.

Furthermore, the Kurdish National Council assigned two committees to prepare a political vision draft of the council and the regulation of the council, and will soon hold a meeting to decide the date for the fourth conference of the KNC.

A pan-Kurdish National Congress was supposed to be held in 2013. However, the congress was postponed indefinitely due to differences between the Barzani-backed Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News

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