KurdWatch, December 16, 2015—On December 8 and 9, 2015, the Democratic Union Party (PYD) staged a meeting in al‑Malikiyah (Dêrik) during which a new Syrian opposition alliance, the »Council for a Democratic Syria« was formed. A total of 103 delegates, primarily from PYD‑affiliated organizations, participated in the meeting. The council, also representing the recently formed Syrian Democratic Forces [further information], comprises of fourty-two people. Haytham Mannaʿ, former leading member of the National Union of the Forces for Democratic Change [further information], and Ilham Ahmad were elected on December 12 as cochairpersons.
At the same time, a meeting of Syrian opposition groups was held in the Saudi capital Riyadh. The PYD was not invited to this event, although the National Union of the Forces for Democratic Change, of which the PYD is a member, participated in the meeting. The Union received six delegate spots, but none was made available for the PYD.