SDF Commander appealed to the Kurdish National Unity Parties (PYNK) and the Kurdish National Council (KNC) for the re-launch of unity talks.
In an interview with ANHA on Sunday, Mazloum Abdi, general commander of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), said the attitude of the SDF is quite clear with regard to unity talks as the national unity of the Kurdish people is among their “strategic aims”.
Reffering to the Duhok agreement in order to solve the issues that cause conflict among the KNC and PYNK, Ebdi said, “The statements of both parties, which blame each other, created a negative atmosphere. The conflict of where the peshmerga should be located, that emerged as a problem can be solved within the framework of the Duhok agreement.”
Call for a resumption of dialogue
The SDF-Commander pointed out that in order to achieve a bright future for the peoples in Syria, starting with the Kurds, “national benefits should be considered above all. We call on our colleagues in the PYNK and KNC to act with a spirit of responsibility and to sit around the table to begin dialogue to sort out the issues of conflict.”
He highlighted the importance of intra-Kurdish dialogue for the solution of the crisis in Syria. “The Kurdish national unity talks are a part of the talks between the peoples in Syria to overcome the crisis in Syria. These cannot be evaluated seperate from each other,” Ebdi said.
Ebdi stressed that the SDF “will continue to work on how to overcome this difficult period” with all their capacity. “We shall all do that to end the suffering that the Syrian people have been experiencing for the last 10 years and construct a beautiful future for the all the peoples of Syria.” he said.
After Turkey’s ground offensive in north-eastern Syria in October 2019, The SDF Commander launched the intra-Kurdish talks initiative to unify the Kurdish position in Syria. The PYD and the KNC have continued to develop dialogue that began in early November last year to discuss the need for unity.
On 17 June 2020, the KNC and PYNK, the Kurdish parties allied with the PYD completed the first phase of the talks carried out with the aim of achieving Kurdish national unity, regarding specificially Kurdish unity in Al-Hasakah.
KNC and PYNK “reached a common political view and accepted the articles of the 2014 Duhok Agreement (Management, Partnership, Security and Defense) as the basis for the negotiations between both delegations,” said the KNC and PYNK after the initial mutually agreed understanding.
Since then, talks between the two sides have continued with interruptions leaving the final agreement uncompleted.
In early February, the sponsors of the talks met with each delegation separately.
According to previous statements by the parties, the KNC and PNYK are expected to reach on an agreement for the KNC to join the Autonomous Administration of North East Syria.