PYD calls for international community to protect multi-ethnic Syria from attack

Appeal to the International Community to protect multi-ethnic communities in Syria.
We, the Foreign Affairs and Relations Office of the Democratic Union Party, would like to draw the attention of the international community to protect the civilians – Kurds, Arabs and other Syrian multi-ethnicities, Assyrians, Armenians, Christians – against the brutal ethnic cleansing attacks taking place against the peacefully co- existing ethnicities in the Kurdish region
in Syria.

Since 18 July 2013, the Salafist armed groups, Jabhat al-Nusa and Islamic State of Iraq and al-Alsham affiliated to Al-Qaida, have launched brutal attacks on Kurdish neighbourhoods in the Tel-Abeyd Area, killing, kidnapping and shelling with heavy weaponry the Kurdish neighbourhoods and calling publically to kill, kidnap and loot Kurds and force them to leave their
homes and properties.

As a result hundreds of Kurdish civilians have been kidnapped, tortured and their houses have been looted and burned down.

These terrorist attacks on civilians is an act of ethnic cleansing of ethnic communities who have been co-existing peacefully together and it destabilises the Kurdish regions that have been relatively peaceful in an attempt to evict from the people and forcibly impose the rules of the
Islamic state of Iraq- al-Sham in Syria.

These armed terrorist groups which are a major threat to the regional and global stability and peace, have been militarily facilitated and supplied by Turkey and its allies, the Gulf states. The recent intervention of six military tanks and hundreds of jihadists from Turkey into Tel-Abeyd, Syria, shows the Turkish involvement in the ongoing Syrian sectarian war which neither serves the interests of Syrians nor Turkey and its allies. The EU and the US should recognise the Kurdish democratic, secular struggle against the Salafist Al-Qaida which is a major threat to both the US and the EU. The Kurds and the democratic movement in Syria have successfully managed to administer themselves democratically and peacefully and they have actively sought and contributed to democratic, peaceful change inside Syria. This successful model shows that Kurds are the major potential player for establishing stability and developing democracy in the region.

We consider a comprehensive political settlement to be an effective resolution to end the Syrian crisis and its brutal civil war. Therefore we call on the international community, the UN, EU and the USA to protect multi- ethnic communities in Syria and cooperate with the Kurds and other democratic movements against this common threat which is undermining regional and global stability, democracy and peace.

The Foreign Affairs and Relations Office of the PYD.

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