Kurds want to par­tic­i­pate in build­ing new Syria

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Af­ter Ahmed Jarba was elected as the new pres­i­dent of the Syr­ian Na­tional Coali­tion, the in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer of the Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party (KDP) in Syria, Nuri Brimo, said his party wel­comes the elec­tion of the new leader and re­spect him.

Brimo said his party hoped Jarba can play a pos­i­tive role in the po­lit­i­cal process in the coun­try. “We want Jarba to con­vey the mes­sage of his city’s (Qamishlo) peo­ple to the Syr­ian Na­tional Coali­tion which is at­tempt­ing to build a fed­eral coun­try of Syria with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of Kurds,” said Brimo

He hoped the Syr­ian Na­tional Coali­tion will take the Kur­dish project in to con­sid­er­a­tions and he asked the new leader to af­fect all the high of­fi­cials of the coali­tion to ap­prove projects pre­sented by Kurds and to pro­tect the rights of all the eth­nics and dif­fer­ent po­lit­i­cal sides.

Brimo also said that Jarba needs to visit Kur­dis­tan Re­gion to ini­ti­ate a di­a­logue be­tween the coali­tion and Kur­dish Na­tional Coun­cil.

Jarba, a Sunni Mus­lim, was born in 1969 in the north-eastern Syr­ian city of Qamishli, in Has­sakeh prov­ince. The prov­ince is home to Arabs and Kurds.

He is a mem­ber of the Sham­mar tribe, one of the most prom­i­nent tribes in eastern Syria. The Sham­mar also has a pres­ence in Iraq, Saudi Ara­bia and Jordan.

Jarba was po­lit­i­cally ac­tive in the 1990s and was im­pris­oned be­tween 1996 and 1998 for op­pos­ing Pres­i­dent Bashar alAs­sad.

He was jailed again in March 2011, at the start of the cur­rent up­ris­ing, for sup­port­ing pro-democ­racy protests. Mr Jarba left for neigh­bour­ing Lebanon that Au­gust, af­ter his re­lease.

He has sub­se­quently spent time in Saudi Ara­bia and is be­lieved to main­tain close ties with the Gulf king­dom's lead­er­ship. Saudi Ara­bia is a lead­ing source of sup­port for the Syr­ian op­po­si­tion.

Jarba has played a vi­tal role in bridg­ing the gap be­tween tribes in eastern Syria and the op­po­si­tion.

He is close to the fac­tion of Syr­ian sec­u­lar dis­si­dent Michel Kilo, who has sought to gain the sup­port of mi­nor­ity groups in the face of a pos­si­ble Is­lamist takeover.

Jarba was a mem­ber of the op­po­si­tion Syr­ian Na­tional Coun­cil (SNC), be­fore join­ing the coali­tion.

He sus­pended his mem­ber­ship of the Na­tional Coali­tion in March 2013, fol­low­ing its ap­point­ment of Ghas­san Hitto as prime min­is­ter of the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s in­terim govern­ment. Jarba went on to help ad­min­is­ter rebel-held ar­eas.

Nuri Brimo, a se­nior of­fi­cial from the Kur­dish Demo­cratic Party of Syria.

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