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Istanbul: National Coalition approves admission of the Kurdish National Council

KURDWATCH, October 3, 2013—On September 7, 2013, representatives of the Kurdish National Council and the largest Syrian oppositional alliance, the National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, signed the draft of an agreement. A large majority in both the general assembly of Kurdish National Council and the National Coalition’s Political Committee later confirmed the draft. The document describes a sixteen-point path to solving the Kurdish issue. Under point one, the National Coalition pledges »the recognition of the national identity and the rights of the Kurdish people«. This satisfies one of the main Kurdish demands, which is the recognition of the Kurds as an independent people rather than a minority. Dr. Kamal al-Labwani was the only member of the National Coalition’s Political Committee to reject the agreement. He justified his stance by explaining that recognizing a second people alongside the Syrian people would be a step toward a racist division of his home country and, considering the country’s geography, toward a long civil war. During a session that took place from September 13 to 15, the National Coalition’s general assembly also accepted the document with fifty-four of eighty votes. The Kurdish National Council must now name the representatives who will take part in the next meeting of the Coalition.

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