Politicians from North and East Syria (Rojava) reacted to news of an Ankara visit by the Kurdish National Council (ENKS), which has been involved in negotiations for unity with other Kurdish parties. Democratic Party of Syrian Kurds (PDK-S) Central Committee member Gêlo İsa, in response to ENKS’ Ankara visit, said: “ENKS should cooperate with Kurdish people rather than with Turkey”.
The Freedom and Peace Front Committee, including ENKS, travelled to Turkey’s capital Ankara to meet with Turkish Foreign Ministry officials.
Gêlo İsa criticized the visit and said that the visit might lead to serious issues in the future: “ENKS’s visit to Turkey is a serious problem for our people and mission. Today, we are in dialogue with each other. We are expected to determine our issues clearly. Maintaining dialogue with each other, setting our hopes with each other and achieving our goals will not be possible unless we determine our issues correctly. As part of the Kurdish National Unity Parties (PYNK), we consider Turkey as an occupying power. They occupied the lands of Rojava. However, ENKS considers the occupying Tukish state as an ally”.
Criticizing the attitude of ENKS, Gelo İsa said: “We should know our friends of enemies correctly. The expectation from ENKS is not to turn its direction to Turkey. It should turn its direction to its people and engage in dialogue with them”.