KNC urges Syrian Coalition to provide northern areas with humanitarian relief

11-01-2014

 

ARA News

Amude, Syria− The Kurdish National Council in Syria (KNC) demanded the Syrian National Coalition −opposition’s main body− to “make serious efforts” regarding the humanitarian relief needed in Syria’s Kurdish areas.

The KNC held a meeting on Wednesday in the city of Qamishlo/Qamishli, northeast Syria, to review the recent developments in the country and look into the possibility of providing the region’s civilians with humanitarian aid, especially after receiving thousands of families from war-torn Syrian cities in the Kurdish areas.  

A member of the KNC, who preferred anonymity, told ARA News that the council has directed a message to the National Coalition to pay more attention to the Kurdish region “which is in an urgent need for humanitarian aid”.  

“The need for basic supplies mounted recently with the increasing numbers of Syrians from other cities who left their damaged homes and resorted to these areas. The Coalition didn’t make serious efforts yet to fill the gap, that’s why we (KNC) took into account the necessity of demanding the Coalition’s leadership to work seriously on providing those in need with humanitarian relief,” he said.  

The KNC has also condemned practices of the Assayish forces −security wing of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD)− against civil activists in Syria’s Kurdish region. The council accused the Assayish of detaining dozens of activists “under the pretext of protecting civil peace”.  

Recently, the PYD declared with other groups the establishment of a self-rule (or Transitional Administration) in the Kurdish areas north and northeast of Syria. However, the KNC and other Syrian forces opposed the declaration and considered it as “an attempt by the PYD to monopolize power in the area”. 

“We have emphasized during Qamishli meeting the importance of reaching a compromise with the PYD on the issue of the alleged Transitional Administration, because of the consequences such a project may bring to the region if monopolized by one party,” the KNC member stated.  

The Kurdish National Council (KNC) consists of representatives from at least 13 Kurdish political parties in Syria. The KNC has recently joined the Syrian National Coalition. On the other hand, the Democratic Union Party (PYD) −considered one of the most powerful Kurdish parties in Syria with armed forces− criticized the Kurdish council’s participation in the National Coalition, arguing that the latter is staffed by “anti-Kurds” members.   

 

Reporting by: Bishewa Mohammed. Contribution: Egid Ibrahim

Source: ARA News

(Editing by: Adib Abdulmajid) 

 

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