Kurds declare federal region in north:”Federal Democratic System for Northern Syria“.
The Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and several allied groups have voted to create an autonomous federation in the northern part of Syria. PYD officials claimed autonomy for the Kurdish-controlled areas on Thursday after two days of meetings with delegates of different communities in the region. (Al Jazeera)
“This is an important step to get real peace and real democracy” MEP Arne Gericke (European Christian Political Movement/ECR – picture on the left) reacts. “It makes official what de facto already was established: a democratic self-administration (DSA).” MEP Branislav Škripek (European Christian Political Movement/ECR – picture on the right), the first MEP who went personally to the area in May 2015 to meet with the local administrators, fully agrees: “The DSA is a native democratic initiative which stands as a role model for sustainable peace efforts in ISIS-threatened and civil-war destructed Syria. Therefore, I call upon the international community to endorse it.”
Taj Kordsh, a spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces, one of the groups involved, told Al Jazeera: “The Kurdish people have been rejected and silenced in the latest peace talks in Geneva.” In his support MEP Gericke states: “It is a big mistake that these groups are not invited to the current negotiations for peace in Geneva. We call upon the international community to immediately change this.”
“This is a unique chance to achieve peace. All groups, Kurds, Syriacs (Christians), Turkmans and Yezidi’s can live here in peace together and share the responsibilities. Being in close contact with the Syriacs, the indigenous people of the area, I hope and pray that they can finally live together in peace with full rights to confess their faith” MEP Škripek concludes.