Kurdish National Council

On October 26, 2011, The National Kurdish Conference convened in AlQamishli by invitation from the Kurdish National Movement Parties in Syria. The conference was attended by 250 delegates, including some of the first fighters in the Kurdish movement, independent national figures, representatives of youth movements, as well as representatives of political parties. Also attending were activists representing human rights councils, social and cultural events media all whom all met under the following vision:

-To achieve the goals of freedom and dignity for the peaceful uprising of the Syrian people

-To establish a parliamentary democratic state that secures national rights for the Kurdish people

-Constitutional recognition of the Kurdish people as a key component of the country

-No nationalistic, religious, or sectarian discrimination. Yes to secularism and democracy for all Syrians

-No repression or tyranny. Freedom to all prisoners of conscience in Syria

The conference held extensive discussions and a variety of opinions which resulted in the formation of a committee. This committee will reform the projects proposed by the attendees and incorporate them into a single document.

The following proposals are the most important of the decisions and trends presented:

In regards to nationalism: The conference confirmed that what the Syrian people are witnessing is a worsening national crisis inflicted on them by the regime. During the rise of the Baath Party to power, by way of a military coup in 1963, the regime perfected tactics of oppression, limited public and individual freedoms, failing to achieve economic development. This resulted in increased poverty, unemployment, and the spread of corruption. Despite the pleas of Syrians over the decades about the importance of instituting democratic changes, the regime continued with oppression and the suppression of the voices calling for democracy, respect for human rights, and even those who called for the improvement of living standards. The regime’s dependence on this type of treatment of the Syrian people, and in the spirit of the Arab Spring, sparked a peaceful revolution demanding freedom and dignity all across Syria including Kurdish areas. The revolution began by national will on March 15, 2011 and was met with repression and killing by the regime powers. It became more apparent that the regime’s dependence on military security as their only option and provided an excuse for a serious foreign military intervention. The conference also confirmed that the end of the crisis in the country comes with changing the totalitarian regime's structure, politics and ideology. Furthermore this would break down the security state and build a secular democratic pluralistic parliamentary state on the basis of political decentralization, away from racism. It would become a state of institutions and laws that establishes equal rights and duties for all citizens without reverting back in any way to totalitarianism and tyranny. The conference tasked the established executive body to seek to unify the ranks of the Syrian national opposition. This unity is of utmost importance to tip the scale of strength for the benefit of the peaceful revolution the Syrian people seek to achieve. The conference demanded that the army and security forces pull out of cities and return to their military bases and to stop confronting peaceful protests.

In regards to the Kurdish Syrian situation: The conference recognized that Kurdish people in Syria are a native people living in their historical land who form a key component of the national and historical culture of Syria. This requires that the constitution contain a statement declaring the Kurdish people be a key component of the Syrian people as they are the second largest ethnic group in Syria. Moreover the development of a fair democratic solution to ensure the right of national self-determination within the unity of the country. The conference also found that a solution to the Kurdish issue would be a gateway to democracy and a challenge for the Syrian opposition.

The conference concluded that the Kurdish Youth Movement is part of the peaceful Syrian revolution, and praises their role in the revolution bringing pride to Kurdish people and deepening the Kurdish national movement.

The conference emphasized the guarantees of freedom of belief and its protection in the constitution as well as the securing of national rights for Assyrians and other national minorities.

In regards to engaging in dialogue with the regime, the conference saw that as the responsibility of the Syrian opposition and to refrain from engaging in dialogue with the regime.

The conference decided to dissolve all parties involved in the conference and consider the conference as the National Kurdish Council.

The attendees gave permission to the executive committee to coordinate and communicate with national opposition groups in to make decisions and develop positions for the Kurdish movement.

On Thursday morning, October 27, 2011 the conference closed and its efforts were deemed a success. Attendees agreed that a national conference of this size, with such a richness in diversity, responsibility, and organized civility was an important step and the first of its kind in Syrian Kurdish history.

This conference was the impetus of the establishment of an executive body represented by the National Kurdish Movement, national cultural groups of culture, youth, women, rights groups, and other independents who will take honest and sincere responsibility to work hand in hand for what is good for Syria. The Kurdish National Council have not named its representatives for the Syrian National Coalition yet.

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