Kurds to occupy positions in the Syrian National Coalition




ARA News

Amude, Syria− The General Secretariat of the Kurdish National Council in Syria (KNC) held a meeting in the city of Qamishlo/al-Qamishli, north Syria, to discuss the council’s recently taken decision of joining the opposition’s extended body of the Syrian National Coalition (SNC), and the possible positions the Kurdish representatives may occupy within the SNC.  

Members of the Syrian National Coalition formed last month an interim government intended to replace the current Assad government in post-war Syria. The SNC’s government included 11 ministers, among them is a Syrian Kurd, Abrahim Miro, who was elected as Minister of Finance. However, Miro’s position does not directly represent the KNC. The Dutch-educated economist was reportedly chosen on the basis of his personal efforts within the ranks of the opposition as an active member of the SNC.

During the KNC’s Qamishlo meeting last week, members of the Kurdish council discussed the possibility of being represented in the new SNC-led interim government by nominating one of its members to occupy the vacant position of Minister of Education.  

A KNC official told ARA News that the council will most probably nominate a member of the Kurdish Democratic Party in Syria (KDPS) −the KDPS is one of the 13 member parties in the KNC. 

“There is no final confirmation on this issue yet,” the KNC official said, adding that Kurds are offered positions within the body of the SNC, not only in the interim government. 

The KNC’s General Secretariat called on its members to submit names of candidates next week, so that the secretariat would be able to further submit names of the chosen representatives to the SNC. 

Sources revealed to ARA News that the opposition’s coalition has offered several positions to representatives of the KNC, among them positions in the Transitional Justice Body and the Civil Peace Affairs Bureau.

The Democratic Union Party in Syria (PYD) −a Kurdish party in dispute with the KNC− strongly criticized the Kurdish National Council’s decision to join what they called the “Arab opposition”, in reference to the SNC. Members of the PYD accused the KNC of “seeking positions in the coalition” and “turning a blind eye” to the rights of the Kurdish people. While the KNC considered joining the coalition a step forward for the Kurds and an opportunity to “reach a fair solution” to the Kurdish issue in Syria “through negotiations”. 


Reporting by: Bishewa Mohamed 

Source: ARA News

(Editing by: Adib Abdulmajid. Translation by: Egid Ibrahim) 


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