Ossi: Syrian Kurds are part of the Syrian social fabric

The President of the Syrian Kurds National Initiative, Member of the People’s Assembly (Parliament) Omar Ossispeaks to Syria Times on the Syrian government – SDF joint action to face the Turkish aggressive attacks and latest development in north east Syria.

As a Member of the People’s Assembly (Parliament), how do you communicate with the people of northeast Syria?

“I am a Member of the Syrian Parliament and represent all Syrian people whatever their cities and backgrounds are. I am interested in the Kurdish issues in Syria. One week ago, I visited the city of Qamishly and villages around it. I met with different Syrian Kurdish political figures.

During my meetings with them, I stressed on the Kurds’ belonging and loyalty to the Syrian state. From the beginning of Syria’s crisis, I called for deploying the Syrian Army along the Syrian -Turkish borders and returning the Syrian governmental departments and organizations to all Syrian cities and towns in north Syria including the Kurds-majority areas.”

On the Syrian government agreement with SDF, Ossi said: “The US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the American occupation troops from Syria accelerates the Syrian government military agreement with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to face the Turkish aggressive invasion.

The Syrian government deploys the Syrian Army’s Border Guards Units in Minbij town (80kms northeast Aleppo city), Ein Arab (150kms northeast Aleppo city) , Ein Issa town (70kms north Raqqa city ), Tal Tamr ( 40kms northwest Hassaka city) and around Qamishly city  along the Syrian -Turkish borders. The military accord between the Syrian government and SDF eases the deployment of the Syrian Army in these three areas easily and raising the Syrian flag in them.

Russia encourages the Syrian government and SDF to reach a political accord as to include the statues of SDF fighters and Idara Thatia (Self-Administration) Councils.

The Arabs form more than 60% of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)’s fighters in addition to the Syrian Christians and Kurds. SDF fought Daesh and other terrorist groups and offered 12000 male and female martyrs.

On the US’s looting of Syria’s oil and wealth, Ossi said: “Since 2011, I have been calling the Kurdish leaders and brothers to coordinate with the Syrian government and not depend on the American promises and words. The Americans have no allies.

America let down the Kurds in Iraq. America and Israel handed over the Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan to the Turkish intelligence service.

The Syrian Kurdish leaders were opposing me and I’ve said that America gave them promises and built military bases. Today, they discover that America doesn’t care about Syrian Kurds and wants only to loot the Syrian oil, gas and wealth. 

America wants to prevent the Syrian government from taking its oil, gas, cotton and wheat from northeast Syria. I think America has another goal not only the looting of 30million dollars a month of the Syrian oil but also foiling the Sochi Russian -Turkish deal.”

On the Syrian Constitution Committee meetings in Geneva, Ossi comments, “I have no big hope for the Syrian Constitution Committee. It is very long process and will take long time of meetings. I think the three delegations (Syrian government -Opposition – Civil Society delegations) will not reach an agreement soon. There are only 4 members out of 150 members in the Committee, two from the Opposition and two from the civil society delegations. I am calling on this Committee to recognize the Syrian Kurds’ culture rights and Kurds as part of Syrian social fabric within the Syria’s geographic and demographic unity, and expand the Local Administration Law. Turkey vetoed my name and asked the Russians not listing my name in the Syrian Constitution Committee.”

Interviewed by Obaida Hamad- Inas Abdulkareem

Photos: Obaida Hamad