Principles of the Kurdish National Council in Syria (KNC) for the pending negotiations in Geneva

In the course of the Geneva Peace Talks , Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy for Syria, presented an agenda for the following rounds of talks in March 2017, which suggests to work out relevant subject issues in four pre-defined baskets. In preparation to the continuation of talks, the Kurdish National Council in Syria (KNC) […]

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First Dialogue Workshop of the Kurdish National Council in Syria with other representatives of the opposition receives positive response

From April 28 to 30, 2017, the first Dialogue Workshop of the Kurdish National Council in Syria (KNC) with other factions of the Syrian opposition took place in Istanbul. Besides representatives of the KNC, many renowned and high-ranking political representatives of the arabic opposition as well as of Assyrian and Turkmen organisations participated. Additionally, deputies […]

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Again forcible shutdown of KNC headquarters in Qamişlo

Once again the headquarters of the Kurdish National Council in Syria in the city of Qamişlo in al-Hasakah province in North East Syria have been charged and shut down by armed forces of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) yesterday evening, May 9, 2017. In the course of the operation, thirteen members of the KNC’s general […]

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PYD practices kin liability?

Recently, we have reported on the new wave of repressions by the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed militia, the People’s Defense Units (YPG), against the Kurdish National Council (KNC), its member parties and other oppositional organizations. As mentioned, not only have many offices been demolished and shut down, but additionally numerous persons have been abducted and imprisoned. 

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The EU’s strategy and priorities on Syria

On April 3, 2017, the EU Foreign Ministers convened in Luxembourg and subsequently released a paper on the EU’s future strategy on Syria. In this paper, the EU first of all clarifies, that it holds the Syrian government and its allies, notably Russia, responsible for the protection of Syrian citizens, the cessation of violence and […]

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Fifth round of Geneva negotiations reveals internal obstacles

From March 23 to March 31, 2017, the fifth round of talks took place in Geneva since the resumption of talks  in 2016. The objective of this round was to work on four fundamental issues: interim governance, elections, constitution and the complex of counter-terrorism / security / confidence building. In the process, a timeline was […]

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KNC decides to reopen its offices

As we have been reporting, a new wave of abductions, detentions and office shutdowns has hit the Kurdish National Council in Syria, its member parties and other non-regime organizations since mid March. As in August 2016, a number of persons has been abducted by the PYD / YPG security forces. Additionally, numerous offices have been […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Kurdish National Council suspends participation in current round of negotiations

On March 30, 2017, during the course of the current negotiation round in Geneva, members of the Kurdish National Council issued the following:   PRESS RELEASE The Kurdish National Council in Syria (KNC) has taken part in the Geneva negotiations as a member of the High Negotiations Committee (HNC) in order to achieve a political […]

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Capacity Training II: Negotiation Strategies for the Kurdish National Council in Syria

March 10 to March 12, 2017, the “Capacity Building: Kurdischer Nationalrat in Syrien” project, supported by the German Foreign Ministry and the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (IfA), provided another training workshop in Erbil (Kurdistan – Iraq) for representatives of the Kurdish National Council (KNC). Apart from the KNC’s president, Ibrahim Biro, and the chairman of its […]

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