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Al-Qamishli: Ibrahim Biro is the new chairman of the Kurdish National Council

KURDWATCH, July 11, 2015—From June 30 to July 1, 2015, the Kurdish National Council’s newly elected Council held a session in al‑Qamischli in order to make decisions about open questions and proposals from the last conference of the National Council earlier in June [further information]. Those gathered largely confirmed the Kurdish National Council’s political program and adopted its bylaws. A new leadership committee was also elected at the session. Ibrahim Biro, the secretary of the Kurdish Union Party in Syria (Yekîtî) is the new chairman.
In addition, the Council decided that in the future the Rojava Peshmerga, an armed unit of Syrian Kurds formed in Iraqi‑Kurdistan, should be placed under the control of the Kurdish National Council. Currently, it is under the command of the Iraqi-Kurdish regional government under President Masʿud Barzani. In a declaration on July 3, the Council stated that it would reach an agreement with all parties concerned – meaning the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and the Iraqi‑Kurdish regional government – in order to transfer the Rojava Peshmerga to Syria so that it can defend the Kurdish regions from there.
Siamand Hajo’s Kurdish Future Movement in Syria criticized the decision since transferring the unit to Syria was made dependent on the approval of the PYD. In its own proposal to form a military unit [further information], which was submitted at the last session of the Kurdish National Council, the Future Movement suggested forming a commission to negotiate with the Iraqi‑Kurdish regional government and the Americans to provide the Rojava Peshmerga with military training and weapons. Following such training, the Rojava Peshmerga would be placed under the supreme command of the Kurdish National Council and transferred to Syria.
The Future Movement’s proposal to break off all contact with the PYD was rejected. Its proposal regarding the future administrative structure of the predominantly Kurdish regions in Syria was not discussed, nor were the reasons for this provided.

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