Mihyedeen Sheikh Alî: Turkey Has Sectarian-Nationalistic Project Incompatible with the Safety of the Region's Peoples & Countries. | The Levant

Mihyedeen Sheikh Alî: Turkey Has Sectarian-Nationalistic Project Incompatible with the Safety of the Region’s Peoples & Countries.

Mihyedeen Sheikh Alî
Mihyedeen Sheikh Alî

Ankara government is indifferent to the agreements and highly disdains the international law. The Turkish threats repeat from time to time to overrun this or that area in northeastern Syria. Turkey 

The Turkish authorities desperately surveil the conditions of the Kurdish political movement in Syria to deflect it from its Syrian patriotic pathway and its democratic orientations since its launch.

The necessity to be oriented towards a constructive Syrian-Syrian dialogue and stop trusting the non-Syrian is the irreplaceable way to begin finding a solution for the Syrian crisis.

Kurds & Arabs in Syria are economically, geographically and socially inextricable.

Yesterday and today we are always careful about the brotherhood & friendship with the parties of the Kurdistan region based on mutual respect and understanding the specific nature of the Kurds’ situation in Syria.

There must be a constitutional reform which recognizes the existence of the second largest ethnicity after Arabs in Syria.

The Syrian opposition, known as the Syrian coalition, is bankrupt and subject to Turkey’s agendas & policies.

Turkey has its religious (sectarian) project with nationalistic tendency incompatible with the rights and safety of many of the peoples and countries in the region.

Mihyedeen Sheikh Alî, the general secretary of the Democratic Kurdish Union party in Syria confirmed in an exclusive interview with Levant News Journal office in Qamishli in northeast of Syria that they always adhere to the principles of dialogue blessing any positive step to defuse the tensions and stop angry arguments in the framework of the Kurdish political movement in Syria. Turkey 

Regarding the Turkish stance on the Kurdish cause in Syria, the Kurdish leader points out that Ankara government highly disdains the international law and repeat its threats from time to time to overrun this and that area in northeastern Syria. The Turkish authorities desperately surveil the conditions of the Kurdish political movement since its launch noting that Turkey has a religious (sectarian) project with nationalistic tendency incompatible with the rights & safety for many peoples and countries in the region. Turkey 

Concerning the situation in Syria, the Kurdish leader remarks the necessity to be oriented towards a constructive Syrian-Syrian dialogue and stop trusting the non-Syrian. He considers this an irreplaceable way to begin finding a settlement for the Syrian crisis. He reminds that Kurds & Arabs in Syria are economically, geographically and socially inextricable. He confirms that there must be a constitutional reform which recognizes of the existence of the second largest ethnicity after Arabs in Syria. However, he criticized the Syrian opposition, known as the Syrian coalition, affirming that it is bankrupt and subject to the Turkish agendas & policies.

The following is the interview text that the team of the Levant journal office in Qamishli has made with Mihyedeen Sheikh Alî:

The Turkish interventions and threats to the Kurdish regions is it still continuing, especially after the ineffective Russian role in Afrin and the American one in Serê Kaniyê. how do you estimate the situation in the light of those threats?

There are bilateral agreements between Turkey & Russia on the one hand and Turkey & America on the other hand about the international border between Turkey and Syria specifically in northeastern Syria. These agreements were signed after Ras al-Ayn (Serê Kaniyê) and Tell Abyad (Girê Spî) being occupied by the Turkish side through its assistants (the Syrian National Army) and its political cover represented by the coalition of the Syrian Revolution and Opposition forces. These bilateral agreements were broken by the Turkish side and its assistants and the official discourse of Ankara government is indifferent to these agreements and highly disdains the international law. The Turkish threats to overrun this or that area repeat from time to time in northeastern Syria and Turkey strives to influence the public opinion against the Kurds, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (NES) calling them separatists and terrorists not to mention the announcements of the Turkish Ministry of External Affairs about the continuity of the Kurdish-Kurdish dialogue together with the irresponsible discourse of the official Syrian media which is eager as well to insult SDF and NES.

Although you are considered allied with the national union parties, you always criticize the council publicly. What is wrong between both of you?

We are an independent party and start from the Syrian ground. We never wait orders or insinuations from any Kurdistani side whether some believe it or not. The bilateral treatment between PYD & ENKS holds in some aspects the struggle for influence between this Kurdistani party and the other one outside Syria. Therefore, we are not allegiant to this or that confirming the necessity to put all efforts inside Syria to defend the existence of our Kurdish people and its violated rights and do our main duty in revealing the flagrant abuses against the Kurds in Ras al-Ayn and Afrin under the continued Turkish occupation for these pure Syro-Kurdish regions. Turkey 

Ten years after the Syrian revolution & crisis which has become more complicated along with the changes in the Syrian political scene. What do you think is the resolution of the Syrian crisis generally?

About ten years after the outbreak of the central Syrian crisis, it becomes obvious to everyone that finding a settlement and a political solution is the best choice, if it is not the only one, especially that all the relative International decisions specifically the unanimous Security Council resolution 2245 explains this. Everyone must review everything and be oriented to a constructive Syrian-Syrian dialogue and stop trusting the non-Syrian. This is the irreplaceable way to begin finding a settlement for the crisis.

How do you look at the economical and social crises created by the Syrian crisis that the Kurds suffer from? what are your suggestions and solutions to finish these crises?

The Kurds in Syria are part of the Syrian Society. Kurds & Arabs in Syria are geographically, socially economically inextricable and the tragedies that the Syrians are still living must end sooner or later. It is good for everyone to dialogue and understand one another no matter what obstacles are in the way.

Do you think that the Kurdish reference formed by an international or an American -to be precise- cover, will be able to solve all the deep disagreements among the Kurds?

The existing Kurdish-Kurdish dialogue and the understandings it reached wait for agreeing on all the rest causes and problems. Signing them is like a confirmed agreement for public announcement, initiated by Mr. Mazloum Abdi who receives help from some officials in the State Department. The most important factor in completing these influential dialogues is the credibility between the two dialogue sides and not holding the others the accountability of the success or failure of the dialogues. The Kurds must be their cause claimers in the first place and not trust an American or a Russian announcement.

For a long time, the Syrian Kurds were a victim of divisions, the thing that affects painfully their everyday life. Was that phenomenon healthy and objective or was it harmful and created problems and repercussions on the Kurdish political scene?

The organized Kurdish political movement which launched in June 1957, was healthy representation and a response to the Syrian Kurds’ deprivation from their simplest legitimate national normal rights and there was no influence for any Kurdistani party outside Syria.

The absence of a law to organize the way parties and organizations work in Syria for more than six decades, the adoption of the Syrian Central authorities for a policy of a chauvinistic discriminative and nationalistic superiority against the Kurds and the resort to all kinds of suppression, Arabization and the national fusion with Arabs in addition to the underdevelopment and poor communication between the three Kurdish regions (Afrin, Kobani and the Syrian Upper Mesopotamia) are among the many reasons of dispersion and divisions in the overall framework of the Syrian Kurdish movement. In the last five decades, two factors were added: The non-positive interventions of some Kurdistani sides in Syrian Kurds’ internal affairs and the desperate surveillance of the Turkish authorities for the conditions of the Kurdish political movement in Syria to deflect it from its Syrian patriotic pathway and its democratic orientations since its launch.

How do you see in the future the appropriate solution of the Kurdish cause in Syria? Do you see it through federation, confederation, autonomous administration, political decentralization or the right to self-determination?

The solution of Syrian Kurds’ national cause remains within the regional safety and unity of Syria and complies with the international law for human rights and the relative treaties and International protocols. In the light of this, there must be a constitutional reform which recognizes the existence of the second largest ethnicity after Arabs in Syria with the full right to maintain its mother tongue and develop it through a constitutional text which includes Kurdish besides Arabic in the scholar curriculum and the state institutions in cities and regions where Kurds exist and put a limit to the state centralization by adopting decentralization in administering the state affairs on the basis of maintaining the foreign policy, defense and the wealth distribution within the central government powers. Turkey 

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