Meeting Summary – Chatham House, February 2014
This paper is a summary of discussions at a closed-door expert workshop convened by Chatham House in partnership with the Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre (NOREF) on 12 February 2014.
The Syrian government is expected to miss a major deadline next week to destroy its 12 nuclear weapons production facilities. An official from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said Thursday that none of the facilities had been destroyed yet.
By Carl Drott - carnegieendowment.org – 7-3-2014 - When I met the Qamishli-based Syriac Christian activist who calls himself Judi Michael in September last year, he was working for the Syriac Union Party (SUP), a political party made up of ethnic Syriac Christians who stand in opposition to the Syrian regime. Judi told me about how he had been imprisoned and tortured by regime intelligence agencies in 2012 and how he then joined the Qamishli wing of the SUP’s militia, known as the Sutoro, a few months after he was released.
„Christian members of PYD councils only represent themselvs“ Bishop HINDI
RADIO VATIKAN – 7-3-2014 – Die Christen in der Provinz Jazira im Nordosten Syriens sind gegen die Bildung einer autonomen Kurdenregion. Das sagte der syrisch-katholische Erzbischof von Hassakè-Nisibi, Jacques Behnan Hindo, dem vatikanischen Fides-Infodienst. „Jede Änderung dieser Art in der Region muss einvernehmlich von den drei Komponenten der örtlichen Bevölkerung gebilligt werden, also Kurden, Christen und Muslimen“, so der Erzbischof.
Aufruf an ALLE, die sich der syrischen Revolution verpflichtet fühlen und das syrische Volk, mit der Teilnahme an einer Demonstration zum dritten Jahrestag des Aufstandes, unterstützen möchte.
„22. März 2014 – Start ist in Frankfurt in der Kaiserstraße um 14.30 Uhr in der Nähe des Hauptbahnhofs zum U/S-Bahn Abgang (Höhe Kaiserstr. Nr. 80) zur Bahnhofsebene. Ziel ist die Hauptwache.
6 March 2014 – hawarnews – A delegation from the Syrian Kurdish National Council (Encumena Niştîmanî ya Kurd li Sûriyeyê-ENKS) has met with officials of the KCK (Kurdistan Communities Union) Executive Council in Kandil. The delegation, consisting of representatives of 12 parties met KCK Executive Council Co-chair Cemil Bayık and KCK Executive Council members Zeki Şengali and Besta Fırat.
MESOP WEST KURDISTAN : SNC Leader – The Only Guarantee for Syrian Kurds is Participation in the Revolution
By DİLXWAZ BEHLEWÎ RUDAW – 7-3-2014 – George Sabra, head of the Syrian National Council (SNC) which is a coalition of Syrian opposition groups based in Istanbul, said that Syria’s Kurds should not be insisting on guarantees of self-rule in a future government. “The most important mission is to topple the Syrian regime and give the opportunity to a new Syria,” he added in an interview with Rudaw. Sabra claimed that the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), which is not included in the SNC, “is implementing the agenda of the Syrian regime.” He thinks that the PYD’s declaration of autonomy in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) will not last. Here is an edited transcript of his interview:
Rojava Report – 7-3-2014 – According to an article carried on Özgür Gündem and sourced to ANF, the YPG has carried out an operation against the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS), an affiliate of al-Qaeda, around the town of Til Ebyad on the border with Turkey.