Kurds are not after disintegration of Syria: leaders say07/08/2012 18:39
ERBIL, Aug. 7 (AKnews) – Syrian Kurdish leaders say they are not after an independent state in Syria, but rather the right to self-determination within a democratic and decentralized Syria.
Adbelhakim Bashar, head of the foreign relations committee of the Kurdish National Council (KNC) an opposition umbrella organization including Syria’s Kurdish parties, has told Today’s Zaman in an interview that: “Kurdish people would never be an instrument of any scenarios endangering the territorial integrity of Syria.”
Kurds want to have their “legitimate democratic demands as long as those demands would remain under the frame of a united Syria.”
Kurds in Syria have demanded the recognition of their distinctive ethnic and cultural identity in the Syrian constitution and an autonomous federal region in the post-Assad Syria.
Kurds want a “decentralized structure under the roof of the [Syrian] state that acknowledges the existence and rights of the Syrian people,” spokesperson for the KNC, Nori Brimo, has said.
“According to us, Kurdish people should not be under any central authority; they should have a democratic administration. Every element making up the Syrian people should determine its own fate under a secular and pluralist Syrian state,”
Brimo has accused Turkey of exaggerating speculations of Kurdish effort for an independent Kurdish state in northern Syria on the Turkish border.. “All we want is for Kurdish people living in Syria, Iran and Turkey to acquire their national rights, just like the Kurdish people of Iraq have done. Nothing more, nothing less,”