ARA News – Exclusive
Nusaybin, Turkey− In a meeting with the United Nations’s envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, the delegation of the Syrian opposition to Gevena peace talks submitted on Monday the so-called “declaration of basic principles for the agreement on political settlement at Geneva II peace talks”. The declaration praised in the second paragraph of article 6 the signed document between the Kurdish National Council in Syria (KNC) and the Syrian National Coalition for Revolutionary Forces and the Opposition, in the framework of “guaranteeing the participation of the various components of the Syrian society in the transitional process”.
In an exclusive interview with ARA News, Ibrahim Biro, the secretary of the Kurdish Yekiti Party and a member of the Syrian opposition delegation to Geneva II peace talks reassured the Kurdish public opinion that the Syrian opposition has not excluded the signed document with the KNC.
Second paragraph in article 6 entails “the encouragement of political consensuses between all the Syrian political and social groups in accordance with the unity of the Syrian state and people, and the agreement signed between the Syrian National Coalition and the Kurdish National Council is an example.”
Biro pointed out that in addition to the content of article 6, “article 11 demands that the transitional governing body shall have the full power for guaranteeing the rights, integration and participation of all components of the Syrian society in the decision-making process and implementing that in all its activities”.
Biro praised alos article 17 which calls for a national consensus conference participated by all the Syrian factions on the condition that “such a conference would result in an agreement on a collectively approved constitution”.
According to Biro, the participation of the different components of the Syrian society will be crucial to reach a unified national vision and gain legitimacy for a new constitution.
In the framework of Geneva peace talks, the Syrian opposition provided evidence on documented violations to human rights by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.
“Among the documented violations was the massacre of March 2004 against Kurdish civilians north Syria, which was acknowledged and supported by one of Amnesty International’s reports,” said Biro.
At least 36 Kurdish civilians were killed by regime forces in 2004 in Syria’s Qamishli.
Although many Syrians still believe that Geneva II may end up with an efficient political solution for the three-year crisis in Syria, observers predict the unfruitfulness of the current peace talks due to the apparent hostility between the delegations of the regime and the opposition.
Interviewing by: Zara Seyda
Source: ARA News
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