Syrian Kurdish activists to protest in Iraqi Kurdistan

April 24, 2013 – – ERBIL-Hewlêr, Kurdistan region ‘Iraq’,— Syrian Kurdish activists called today for a sit-in in front of the Parliament of Kurdistan region in the capital, Erbil, on Thursday to pressure the Kurdish political forces in Syria to unite at this stage.

Kurdish parties in Syria agreed under the auspices of the President of Kurdistan, Massoud Barzani last year to coordinate their efforts on reality in addition to the partisan positions. But differences remained between the two parties; the Kurdish National Council, which consists of 16 political parties and the Democratic Union of Kurdistan relevant to Kurdistan Workers Party. Syrian Kurds activists called through a press statement, for “a sit-in in front of Kurdistan Parliament on Thursday”.

The statement was under the slogan (unity of Kurdish movement in all parties and formats). The activists said “we will submit a letter to the Parliament and our demand is to pressure the Kurdish movement to work better and more efficient to reach convergence and compatibility in the interests of the Kurds in Syria at this historical stage which will not be repeated if we miss the opportunity”.

Kurds are stationed in Syrian Kurdistan region (Western Kurdistan) the north and north-east of Syria and over to 3 million Kurds; they demand to grant them the right to self-determination in which they choose decentralized formula for managing their areas. But the Syrian opposition fighting the Syrian regime since nearly two years refused the Kurd’s demands and says that it paves the way for their separation from Syria.

Kurdish-majority areas remained far from the conflict that is taking place, Kurds are considered one of the most opponents to President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, but wary of the rise of political Islam in the ranks of the opposition.