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Al-Qamishli: PYD freezes membership in National Union

KurdWatch, January 26, 2016—On January 7, 2016, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), together with two other parties, announced that they had frozen their membership in the National Union of the Forces for Democratic Change. The decision was based on the nationalist intolerance of executive committee members, the establishment of Union offices abroad without informing the PYD, the signing of a treaty with the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, although the Coalition rejects the PYD's administration of the Kurdish regions, as well as the non-participation of the three parties at the opposition conference in Riyadh [further information]. In addition, and without mention of any specific details, the executive committee was accused of having accepted the listing of the PYD’s People’s Defense Units (YPG) as a terrorist organization.

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