|Over 200 Syrian Kurdish leaders attended the conference seeking more political freedom.|
One of many minorities in Syria, the Kurds are seeking more political power and independence
People are the same the world over. They want the freedom to rule themselves in peace.
That is part of the problem in the current conflict in Syria. Many of the minority groups in Syria have supported the government in gratitude for protecting them from the majority Islamic faction that is now in revolt. The minority groups fear an oppressive majority.
Now the Kurdish minority is speaking out for a share of freedom. More than 10 Syrian opposition Kurdish parties have called for the establishment of a “Kurdish federal state” in Syria during a meeting in the northern Iraqi capital of Arbil, reported the Hürriyet Daily News.
Over 200 Syrian Kurdish leaders attended the conference in Arbil on Jan. 28 and 29, which brought together leaders in exile with a delegation from the Kurdish National Council in Syria.
“All the participants signed a common text saying that a Kurdish federal government should be founded within Syria. It was also stressed during the meeting that the Syrian Kurds should be participating in the Syrian revolution as ‘Kurds,’ not as ‘Syrians,’” Kendal Afrini, a Syrian Kurdish opposition member who attended the conference in Arbil and a representative of the Alliance of Syrian Liberals in Europe, told the Daily News.
(Hurriyet Daily News)