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Al-Qamishli: Kurdish National Council drafts new political program

KURDWATCH, May 2, 2012—In light of the ongoing negotiations with the Syrian National Council, the Kurdish National Council (formerly the Kurdish Patriotic Conference) drafted a new political program on April 21, 2012. The new program differs from the old in that it no longer explicitly calls for the Kurds' right to self-determination and for political decentralization. In a press release, Ismaʿil Hami, secretary of the Kurdish Union Party in Syria (Yekîtî) and member of the Kurdish National Council, emphasized that the demand for self-determination nevertheless remains part of the program. According to Hami, this demand is recognizable in the call to seek the constitutional recognition of the Kurdish people and its national identity and the recognition of the Kurdish language as an official language, as well as the recognition of the legitimate national rights of the Kurdish people in accordance with international norms and conventions.

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