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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The Kurdish National Council in Syria takes a stand on Staffan de Mistura’s Non-Paper

Within the context of the Geneva negotiations on Syria’s future, UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura recently shared a non-paper, summerising principles for the negotiation processes. On behalf of the Kurdish National Council in Syria, the chairman of its Foreign Committee, Kamiran Hajo, responded as follows:   Dear Mr de Mistura, Today, we take the […]

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Delegation of the Kurdish National Council received at the White House

On March 6th 2017, the last day of its visit to Washington D.C., the delegation of the Kurdish National Council (KNC), has been received at the White House. Joel Rayburn, senior director for Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon of the White House National Security Council, hosted the delegation for an extensive exchange of ideas. Concerning […]

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Inauguration of office in Berlin to support the Kurdish National Council’s diplomatic interests

On March 8, 2017, a new office as part of the project “Beyond Geneva-III – support for the Kurdish National Council in Syria”, funded by the German Foreign Ministry and the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (IfA), has been opened in central Berlin. The office’s main assignment is to support the Kurdish National Council’s (KNC) diplomatic cause […]

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