Joint statement by Syrian Kurdish civil society

Below is a statement by Syrian political parties and civil society organisations on al-Qaida affiliated Jihadists armed groups attacks in Syrian Kurdish region:

Joint public statement and appeal by political parties and civil society organizations:

For months our areas have been subjected to treacherous attacks by ‘dark’ forces, the majority of whom have crossed the border from neighboring countries. These forces include Jabhat al Nusra, the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham, ISIS, who have been invading our regions, killing our people, looting our property and destroying our land.

They have used brutal methods, mass killings, torture, crude psychological warfare, spreading lies, creating tension among the peacefully coexisting people’s of our land – all in an attempt to stir up sectarian strife. They have tried to convert our relatively peaceful area into an arena of conflicts between our different nationalities. Today no one can deny that hundreds of people have lost their lives, many more kidnapped and injured, in this bloody conflict which these terrorist groups have dragged our region into. Their actions have had the sole effect of providing the regime forces with a pretext to attack our areas. These vicious attacks by these terrorist groups come at a time when Kurdish authorities have embraced thousands of internally displaced Syrian families, providing them with shelter and a safe haven in these times of trouble. Indeed, these acts of blind terror target all components of our region, Kurds, Arabs, Assyrians and Armenians alike. We, parties and humanitarian organizations, national, youth and women’s movements of our great land, strongly denounce this blatant aggression against our areas. We urgently call on the international public opinion, all sides of the national Syrian opposition, democrats and peace loving people to take a similar stance.

We salute the resistance and bravery of the People’s Protection Units, YPG, who have been defending our land during the last couple of months of aggression. We call upon all components of our society, all peoples and parties, to participate in maintaining the safety and security of this region where hundreds of thousands of its sons and daughters have fled abroad. We call upon them to unite and run their areas with the spirit of cooperation and unity so as to strengthen the brotherhood between our different peoples. Only then can we overcome the threats and aggression of terror, and to sow the seeds of peace and brotherhood in our land.

Signatures of the statement:

1- Democratic Left Kurdish Party in Syria
2- Syriac Union Party
3- Assyrian Democratic Organization
4- Kurdish Leftist Party in Syria
5- Kurdish Democratic Party in Syria
6- Communist Party of Kurdistan
7- Liberal Union of Kurdistan
8- Democratic Union Party (PYD)
9- The Will of People Party
10- Movement of Syria Kurdistan
11- Kurdistan Democratic Party _ Syria
12- The Initiative of the Syrian Woman
13- People’s Union
14- Star Union
15- Sarah Organization for the Elimination of Violence against Women
16- Change Youth Movement `
17- Kurdish Youth Union
18- Soparto Association
19- Engineers Union
20- Teachers Union
21- Students Union
22- Kurdish language organization
23- Workers’ Union
24- Health Council
25- Traders Union
26- Youth and Sports Council
27- Artisans Union

Qamishlo 2013-09-1

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