Syrian Kurds establish new party criticizes the Turkish-Israeli alliance
Syria, Politics, 12/22/1998
Contacts made in recent months by Muhammad Marwan al-Zarki with cultural and political figures resulted to convening a constituent conference for the " Syrian democratic national coalition" just few days ago amid an atmosphere where the said party will attract several Kurdish parties existing in the North and Eastern Northern parts of Syria.
Al-Zarki told the London-based al-Hayat daily that the conference was held in Damascus in the presence of 150 figures and several guests and "elite of intellectuals" and that the participants started from the "constituent statement" into " frank discussion " of the debated issues.
Worth mentioning that the Syrian government recognizes seven national-Arab, Nasserite and communist parties which rally under the Progressive National Front (PNF) since 1972 and it does not permit the establishment of parties on religious, ethnic or extremist national grounds.
Under the said seven parties there are several figures who are descended from other nationalities. They included the late leader of the: Communist party" Khaled Bukdash and his successor Wesal Farha who are Kurds and alternatively chaired the " Syrian Communist party" in the central leadership of the PNF.
But in reality several Kurdish parties had been established on national basis including the " democratic unity party" by Ismail Omar, " the Kurdish Socialist Party" by Saleh Keddo, the " progressive democratic party" by Hamid Darwish," and the Kurdish Leftist party" by Youssef Deibo. Other parties had been separated. These included the "Kurdish Democratic Party" which was an extension for the Iraqi "Kurdistani Democratic Party" led by Masoud Barzani, whereas the Syrian " Democratic Party" split to two wings led by Nazir Mustafa and Naser eddine Omar.
Moreover, A group led by Fuad Akili left the "Kurdish people's federation " led by Salah Bader Eddine. However, the constituent statement of the newly formed party announced " condemnation of the Turkish-Israeli strategic alliance which constitutes a threat to the security and stability of the region," noting to the efforts made by " Western and Zionist circles to impose siege on Syria."
Following two-day deliberations, some 45 members were elected for the said party's central committee and other six members for the political bureau led by al-Zarki who was " unanimously elected" in preparation to convene the first conference on 15 December, 1999.
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