April 17, 2018 / 02:41 PM
Syria's Future Party not Kurdish, not created by US: official

The newly-formed Future Party in Syria is not a branch of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and wasn’t created on behalf of the US, Ibrahim Kaftan, head of the party told Sputnik.

Kaftan said during the first meeting of the party, which was established in Raqqa on March 27, that the establishment of the party came to "represent the aspirations of the Syrian people, draw a new map to resolve the [Syrian] crisis and work to create a democratic future for Syria," according to Hawar News Agency.

"Our party was created with an aim to contribute to the peaceful resolution of the crisis in Syria through dialogue with neighboring states. We plan on operating all across Syria by opening regional departments in every province of the country," he added.

"By now we have operating offices in Raqqa, Manbij, Kobani, Qamishli, Haseke and Deir ez-Zor. Our party has representatives of Kurds, Arabs, Turkmen and Circassians," he pointed out.

On March 29, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said the SFP is nothing but the PYD by another name, and that it is an attempt to mislead people and avoid being affiliated with groups such as the Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK), which Turkey lists as a terrorist organization.

Kaftan told Sputnik that while the party has relations with the PYD, it is not a branch of it and wasn't created on the initiative of the US. 

"We are an independent political party. We don't seek conflict with any political force and advocate for inter-political negotiations as well as the building of a dialogue with the Syrian government in order to contribute to the resolution of the conflict and the return of Syrian refugees to their homeland," Kaftan stressed.

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