Militants of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) stormed the office of the General Secretariat of the Kurdish National Council (KNC) in the town of Qamishli yesterday Tuesday and detained 13 senior members of the Council. They also forced the office to close.
The Council condemned the PYD’s detention of members of its General Secretariat, stressing that these militias “are exploiting the international consensus on the need to prioritize the fight against ISIS in the region.” It pointed out that the PYD “is seeking to force the Council to recognize their administration despite their mismanagement of the region.”
“We assure the whole world that the terrorist practices of this party have exposed their false claims and slogans of seeking to promote democracy,” the Council added.
The PYD militias’ move came in response to the Council’s reopening of its office in Qamishli earlier this week.
The KNC is one of the main components of the Syrian Coalition as a representative of the Kurdish community in Syria.
The Council stressed that the PYD’s terrorist practices “will only increase the Council’s determination to defend our people.” It added that “it will continue to stand up against the repressive practices of the PYD as they only serve the interests of the abhorrent Baath regime.” (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)