Secretary-General of the Syrian National Coalition, Abdelbaset Abdullatif, said that the PYD and PKK militias do not defend the rights of the Kurds, stressing that they are a mere tool that serves the plans of the Assad regime and the malicious schemes undermining the security and future of the region.
Abdullatif said that the Assad regime helped establish and supported the PKK terrorist organization and set up training camps for them near Damascus and the Lebanese Bekaa Valley. He said that at the same time, the regime was oppressing the Kurds in Syria by arresting their national figures and preventing any Kurdish party from exercising its role.
Abdullatif pointed out that these organizations do not aim to serve the Kurds or defend their rights, but are terrorist organizations that thrives in times of war like any other terrorist organization.
Brigadier General Abdullatif, who served as chief of the police force in the Qamishli sub-district for 22 years, said that the regime handed over the border crossings and a number of police headquarters in the region to the PYD militia in 2012.
“We were well aware of the close relations between the regime and those militias,” Abdullatif said, adding: “The relationship between the two sides included training and the supplying of weapons with the primary goal of preventing the Kurds from joining the Syrian revolution when it was at its height.”
“The regime was also well aware of the danger of the participation of the Kurds in the Syrian revolution, so it devised a strategy to alienate them. The strategy began with the assassination of the prominent activist Meshaal Tammo who was a symbol of the active participation of the Kurds in the revolution. The regime also began supporting those militias to prevent the Kurds from demonstrating and sought to sow hostilities with other components of the Syrian society as well as with Turkey.”
Moreover, Abdullatif stressed that the Kurdish cause is a fundamental one in the Syrian revolution, adding that “we are seeking to establish a state of justice and equality that guarantees the rights of all members of society.”
The Secretary-General called on the Syrian people not to fall for the slogans and speeches aimed at creating strife among the components of the Syrian people. He also called for upholding the principles of the Syrian revolution, namely the overthrowing the Assad regime and achieving freedom and dignity for all members of society.
He stressed that fighting the PYD and PKK militias is aimed at stopping the crimes and violations against civilians and ridding them of their subversive role in the region as well as restoring security and stability to the region through the formation of local councils by the local people. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)