Statement on the Turkish intervention in Syria

The Assad regime turned Syria into an open military playground for interventions of regional and international stakeholders, including the latest military intervention by Turkey in Jarabulus, at the Syrian-Turkish border, supported by airstrikes of the US-led coalition and pretending to help the FSA to expell Daesh. This change of action followed the failed coup in Turkey on July 15, 2016, the reconciliation with Russia, direct and indirect meetings with Iran as well as with the Assad regime and Turkey’s declaration to prevent the formation of a united Kurdish region.
The Kurdish National Council denounces the allegation that the Kurdish population would be a threat to the unity of the country. At the same time, it opposes every downplaying of the Kurdish population’s role in past and present times.The KNC has a clear political vision of the future of Syria which aims at a federal, democratic and pluralistic Syria guaranteeing Kurdish rights within a unified country.
The KNC demands the withdrawal of all non-Syrian forces which are, presently, deployed in Syria, calls upon the international community to realise quickly UNSC resolution 2254 and to empower the Syrian people to defend themselves and to defeat the terror.
Furthermore, it appeals to the international community to quickly implement all UN resolutions concerning the Syrian conflict, to find fast political solutions and to overcome the obstacles constraining the Geneva talks in order to comply with the will of the Syrian people and its ethnic and confessional components.

Qamișlo 29 August 2016
The Kurdish National Council in Syria