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Al-Qamishli: Kurdish Patriotic Conference in Syria founded

KURDWATCH, November 1, 2011—On October 26 and 27, 2011, the inaugural meeting of the Kurdish Patriotic Conference in Syria took place in al-Qamishli. Taking part in the conference were parties from the Kurdish Patriotic Movement, with the exception of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), as well as other chosen participants; there was a total of 257 people in attendance. 100 of the participants belonged to the Kurdish parties; of the other 157 participants, 25 were representatives of youth groups. The conference executive committee is composed of 45 people, 20 of whom are party representatives (the chairman and a politburo member from each party); of the 25 other members, 6 are representatives of youth groups. Apart from the Democratic Union Party (PYD), the Kurdish Future Movement in Syria as well a number of activists who have been organizing dissident demonstrations in Kurdish regions since mid-March declined the invitation to participate in the conference. In addition, ʿAbdurrahman Aluji’s Kurdish Democratic Party in Syria (el-Partî) and the Rêkeftin were not represented at the conference.
The Kurdish Patriotic Conference in Syria formulated the following resolutions and positions:
The crisis in Syria can only be resolved through a change in the authoritarian and totalitarian system and its organizational, political, and intellectual structures. The security state must be dissolved and a more secular, democratic, diverse, parliamentary, and decentralized state must be constructed.
Military and security forces must be withdrawn from the Syrian cities.
The Kurdish people are living on their historical territory; it is a significant part of the social, national, and historical Syrian structure. This necessitates the recognition of the Kurdish people as a significant part of the Syrian nation and as the second largest ethnic group in the country. In addition, a just, democratic solution to the Kurdish question is necessary; the Kurdish people must receive the right to determine its own fate within a unified Syrian state.
The Kurdish youth movement is recognized as part of the peaceful Syrian revolution. Freedom of religion is to be guaranteed by the constitution. The ethnic rights of Syrian Christians, Chaldo-Assyrians, and other minorities must be maintained. As a part of the Syrian patriotic opposition, the conference rejects any individual dialogue with the regime.
All Kurdish coalitions (Political Council, Kurdish Democratic Coalition, Coordinating Committee) whose party members were represented at the Kurdish Patriotic Conference will be dissolved. The executive committee is charged with advocating for the unity of the Syrian opposition. The Kurdish Patriotic Conference will work together with any all-Syrian oppositional coalition that accepts the majority of the conference’s demands. At the same time, membership of all Kurdish parties in the all-Syrian oppositional coalitions should end.

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