Salih Muslim Questions Authority of NCC Statement

(ANF) 31.1.2014 – The co-president of the Democratic Unity Party (Partiya Yekîtiya Demokratîk-PYD), Salih Muslim, has called into question the authority of a statement issued in the name of the National Coordination Committee for the Forces of Democratic Change (NCC), saying that it was not an official statement of the body in question.

Muslim was referring to a statement released yesterday, January 29th, in the name of the NCC which claimed to not recognize the project of Democratic Autonomy and the Social Contract accepted and proclaimed in Western Kurdistan.

The statement claimed that the social contract ınvolving local government and the political unity of Syria were synonymous and that the committee would meet with the Kurdish side on the subject. Muslim told reporters that the opinions contained within the statement were not the official opinions of the NCC. Muslim pointed out that there are many different groups and personalities in this committee and that such statements were out of touch with the reality of the NCC. He went on to say that open and democratic debate would invalidate such attacks.

Muslim spoke on the topic thus: Certain circles are attempting to spread false information in order to blacken the gains of the Kurdish people. Some individuals are influenced by such false statements. For this reason there sporadic appear such random voices.”

Muslim continued by pointing out that what needs changing is not the social contract but the old nationalist mentality, saying “the attitude of the Kurdish people has changed and as it turns out it has become the responsibility of the Kurds to change the mentality of our neighbors.”