Kurds in Syria seek autonomy or federation

September 30, 2011 in Interview by IKJ News

 Reports-İPEK YAZDANİ-Kendal Efrin, a Syrian Kurd opposition member and representative of the Alliance of Syrian Liberals in Europe, said having an independent Kurdish state is a natural right of the Syrian Kurds, and Syrian Kurd dissidents living abroad have already started to organize meetings to discuss the issue.

“Some Kurds want autonomy and some want federalism. Right now they are trying to draw a clearer line on their final aim,” Efrin told the Hürriyet Daily News in a Friday interview. Syrian Kurds should create their own “peshmerga army,” Efrin said, adding that he made a call to Syrian Kurds to create their own army otherwise they would be wiped out by the official Syrian army or the dissident Sunni Arabs’ “Free Syrian Army.” Two days of clashes between Syrian troops and forces opposed to President Bashar al-Assad in a rebellious central town have killed seven soldiers and policemen, a Syrian military official said Friday. The official said 32 Syrian troops were wounded in the fighting as government forces conducted a “qualitative” operation on Thursday and Friday in the town of Al-Rastan in the central Homs province, the Associated Press reported.