The Con­fer­ence of Merg­ing Four Par­ties in the Bal­ance of Qamishlo!

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The uni­fy­ing con­fer­ence of the four Syr­ian-Kur­dish par­ties cast shadow over the pub­lic opin­ion in Qamishlo, di­vid­ing it be­tween sup­port­ers and op­ti­mists, and those un­con­vinced of the pos­si­bil­ity of bring­ing about the huge change ex­pected from the new­born party. Whereas some opin­ions went fur­ther than that, pre­dict­ing dis­con­ti­nu­ity of the new­born: Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party- Syria.

The uni­fy­ing con­fer­ence of the four Syr­ian-Kur­dish par­ties cast shadow over the pub­lic opin­ion in Qamishlo, di­vid­ing it be­tween sup­port­ers and op­ti­mists, and those un­con­vinced of the pos­si­bil­ity of bring­ing about the huge change ex­pected from the new­born party. Whereas some opin­ions went fur­ther than that, pre­dict­ing dis­con­ti­nu­ity of the new­born: Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party- Syria.

KDP.info car­ried out a poll in Qamishlo ask­ing the pub­lic ques­tions about the newly or­ga­nized party KDP-Syria.

Mah­mud, a univer­sity stu­dent, sees the con­fer­ence as an event promis­ing good to the Kurds. There have been count­less at­tempts pre­vi­ously to con­sol­i­date dif­fer­ent po­lit­i­cal par­ties, but never re­sulted in hold­ing such a con­fer­ence of unity. “The uni­fi­ca­tion con­fer­ence was a revo­lu­tion of the party line over the lead­ers. It was mostly fruit­ful. So there’s a good chance to pro­ceed from here and fur­ther build upon what is al­ready achieved by merg­ing the four par­ties into one." says Mah­mud.

Viyan Mah­mud shares her per­sonal view re­gard­ing the event. She says : " there is an ur­gent need for uni­fi­ca­tion to­day rather than to­mor­row be­cause of the pre­car­i­ous po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion. “We’re wait­ing for the fruits of this new party; we have no choice but to wait; we be­lieve that the suc­cess of this union is a first step to­wards a larger and more com­pre­hen­sive union in (Ro­java). This re­quires from the ac­tors who are gath­ered in the cap­i­tal of the Kur­dish re­gion Hawler (Er­bil) to rec­og­nize the need for gen­uine re­forms and mod­ern­iza­tion, and think of the sit­u­a­tion in Qamishlo, which I as­sume they have started to do so. It is quite promis­ing.” says Vian.

Views from the op­po­site side are colored by pes­simism. They ex­pect the new­born not to last for long. The process is of no ben­e­fit to any­one. Khanaf Kano says that the po­lit­i­cal union which is es­tab­lished by some of the Kur­dish po­lit­i­cal par­ties will not bring about any suc­cess, and this is due to the un­bridge­able gulf be­tween the po­lit­i­cal par­ties and the man on the street in Ro­java. The con­di­tion is ap­pli­ca­ble in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion as well. It’s more like be­ing af­ter pres­ti­gious po­lit­i­cal po­si­tions rather than uni­fi­ca­tion.”

On the other hand, Sherzad says that he doesn’t want to think of the fail­ure of this de­vel­op­ment be­cause it will be a dis­as­ter as he puts it. “I don’t want to share some people’s opin­ions con­cern­ing this union. If it came as a re­ac­tion to the dom­i­na­tion and power of PYD in Syr­ian Kur­dis­tan, Ro­java, then it will be of no use and I don’t ex­pect it to last very long. Fur­ther­more, I can’t imag­ine the pos­si­bil­ity of an in­ter­nal con­flict flar­ing up in Qamishlo. May God for­bid that.” con­cludes Sherzad.

There third opin­ion in Qamishlo was op­ti­mistic too. But they re­fer to past mis­takes which must be avoided other­wise the new at­tempts will be doomed. Muhamd Asa’ad doesn’t wish the his­tory to re­peat it­self, “the par­ties of the po­lit­i­cal union are on trial, they should not for­get his­tory when the Im­mor­tal Mala Mustafa Barzani tried to unify them. They re­turned back to Qamishlo more di­vided than ever. If they are ca­pa­ble of an­a­lyz­ing the po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion of the re­gion cor­rectly, then they should unite now.” said Asa'ad.

Ashti, who is an op­ti­mist, talks about a kind of con­fu­sion re­gard­ing the elec­tion of the can­di­dates present at the con­fer­ence. “Any uni­fy­ing con­fer­ence makes us feel op­ti­mistic about its out­comes and the pos­si­bil­ity of pro­ceed­ing with its ac­tiv­i­ties on the Kur­dish and Syr­ian scenes, serv­ing its na­tional ques­tion. I wish the uni­fy­ing con­fer­ence all the suc­cess. But through our ob­ser­va­tion, we no­ticed an ob­vi­ous con­tro­versy around the cadres of the par­tic­i­pat­ing par­ties. The dom­i­na­tion of Al-Party was ob­vi­ous over the con­fer­ence and the prob­lem that sur­faced through the im­per­a­tive of elect­ing a Gen­eral Sec­re­tary among the can­di­dates’ blocs within the con­fer­ence. It seemed ob­vi­ous that the elected lead­ers were from the host­ing bloc ex­cept Dr. Ab­dul Hakim Bashar who ran for the top job dur­ing the con­fer­ence. Fi­nally, I can only wish the new­born great suc­cess and hope­fully it will live up to the great ex­pec­ta­tions of the Kur­dish people in Kur­dis­tan of Syria.” con­cludes Ashti.

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