Transitional administration in Syria’s Kurdish areas discussed



ARA News

Qamishli, Syria− Two main Kurdish formations in Syria, the Kurdish National Council (KNC) and the People’s Council of Western Kurdistan (EGRK), held a meeting on Saturday in the city of Qamishlo/al-Qamishli to discuss the issue of a potential transitional administration to the Syrian northern areas as the security vacuum and violence prevail across the region.

The different communal components in the area were represented during the meeting, including Kurds, Arabs, Assyrians, Chaldeans and Syriacs. The youth and women’s civil organizations were also represented in the Saturday’s meeting. 

The dramatic developments and escalating violence across Syria caused poor conditions to civilians in various areas in the country, including the Kurdish region. Activists argue that the current security vacuum in the Kurdish region may lead to serious consequences on the future of the area if no urgent steps would be taken by the main political factions to run the administrative affairs.    

The two main Kurdish factions in Syria −KNC and EGRK− are believe to jointly run Syria’s Kurdish areas along with representatives of other social components. 

According to a statement issued at the end of Qamishlo’s meeting, the main goal of establishing a transitional administration in the area is “to consolidate security an stability”.  

Several proposals regarding the formation of a local administrative authority have been suggested by representatives of the various factions, and were jointly and critically discussed. Different viewpoints were provided by participants on the mechanisms of forming such a body to run the area amid the deteriorating situation.  

Participants agreed on setting up a so-called Preparatory Committee to bear the responsibility of writing a draft of a constitution that is supposed to clarify all steps to be taken and specify roles and responsibilities of each component. The Preparatory Committee will be demanded to organize regular meetings and to provide its proposals to vote until reaching a consensus. 

Sanharib Barsum, leading member of the Christian Syriac Union Party, told ARA News: “We decided to participate in this meeting because we believe in the importance of coming up with a solution to the current security vacuum in the area. We fully support the formation of a transitional administration to run the affairs of region.” 

“All components are required to participate in the process of such a project; otherwise, is can never succeed,” Barsum said. “The outcomes of such a step will influence the community of the northern areas in particular and those in the rest of the country in general.” 

Salih al-Zouba, an Arab activist from Haakah and a participant in the Saturda’s meeting, said that the majority of the area’s Arabs support the formation of such a body to organize life and guarantee security in the region.

“The are is in an urgent need for such an administrative body to run the residents’ affairs and provide the necessary services. This will lead to a relative stability that we missed over more than two years of crisis in Syria,” al-Zouba told ARA News. “A stability in northern Syria may be a starting point for a social, economic and political stability in other areas, but that is of course dependent on how successful the formation of an administrative body may be in our area and the level of representation is also crucial.” 

Al-Zouba concluded saying that “representation is responsibility”. “We must look responsibly to the demands and aspirations of our people, and hopefully the potential local administration will efficiently serve all factions in the area.” 

According to the statement issued at the end of the meeting, five members of the alleged administration will be from the KNC, and other five from the ENKS. The Syriac, Chaldean and Assyrian bloc will be represented by five members in the administrative formation, and the area’s Arabs will also be represented by five members. Moreover, five members of each of the civil society organizations, women associations and youth movements. 


Report by: Ahmed Shiwesh

Source: ARA News


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