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Cairo: Kurds leave meeting of the opposition

KURDWATCH, July 16, 2012—On July 2 and 3, 2012, the Arab League organized a meeting of the Syrian opposition in Cairo. The meeting did not achieve a breakthrough in uniting the participants, as had been hoped. While the Free Syrian Army boycotted the meeting from the beginning, representatives of the Kurdish National Council and the Democratic Union Party (PYD), as well as other Kurdish delegates left the meeting in protest. The Kurdish National Council justified its actions on the basis that the »constitutional recognition of the Kurdish people and its national identity, as well as the protection of its legitimate national rights in accordance with international norms and conventions« was not mentioned in the opposition's closing statement. In fact, it was after the Arab opposition raised objections to the already negotiated closing statement that the term »Kurdish people« was replaced by »Kurdish nation« in the final document.

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