PKK's Stalinist system does not believe in negotiation, politician tells KurdPress
An independent Syrian Kurdish politician says "I am not optimistic about the negotiations, because I know the other side. The PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) will not allow any of the forces of Lashkar-e-Ruz (an ENKS-affiliated military force) to enter Syrian Kurdistan."

Walid Haj Abdulqadir, an independent politician in Syrian Kurdistan, made the remarks in reference to the future of talks between the Kurdish Patriotic Council (ENKS) and the Kurdish Patriotic Union Parties (PYNK) which is affiliated with the PKK.

 "The spirit of negotiation is good, but the party in power in Syrian Kurdistan is always following its interests and does not adhere to the results of the talks and is not even honest about its ideology and pushes the people of Kurdistan backwards.” the politician told KurdPress in an interview.

He continued: "They use negotiation as a tactic for their own interests and not to resolve the Kurdish issue in Syria. They (PKK) came to Syria after its formation in Turkey in 1981 and got close to the Baath regime in Syria and promised to cooperate with the Syrian government.”

He added: "In 2011/2012, Bashar al-Assad asked the Kurds to go to Damascus, but the Kurdish parties did not accept and said that the Syrian issue will be resolved through democracy and the rights of the Kurdish people depend on democracy in Syria."

"After this, we know how and where the PKK and the central government negotiated with each other, and how the PKK forces came to Syrian Kurdistan from the mountains and Qandil. According to the agreement, the Syrian army evacuated its bases from Dirk to other areas, and PKK forces, known as the PYD, took control of the cities,” Abdulqadir added.

Walid Haj Abdulqadir stated: "In Erbil I and II negotiations and the Duhok agreement, we also saw how they did not adhere to the agreement and some extremist movements inside the PYD followed extremism."

The Syrian Kurdish politician added: "They believe in a Stalinist system and worship their first person like a prophet and do not believe in political participation and other movements, including liberals, and therefore through their ideology and pressure groups (such as revolutionary youth, martyrs' families, Women Star Congress, etc.) are only pressuring the society like the Stalin era (in the Soviet Union).”

Regarding the reality of the talks, Walid Haj Abdulqadir said: "It is not true to say that the first and second stages are over, these are just general statements and no practical action has been taken, and these statements are just temporary painkillers for the Kurdish community."

He went on to add that: "They want to rule the people themselves, and they prefer ideology to everything and strongly promote the culture of individualism. I respect Mr. Ocalan (PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan who is in Imrali Island Prison in Turkey) who has been in prison for years and I demand his release but the PKK and the PYD movements do not give up selfishness and are forcing the people of Syrian Kurdistan to accept it.”

“This negotiation was not an arbitrary issue and was carried out under the pressure of the United States and the PYD does not believe in it because it only wants to stay in Syrian Kurdistan. There are many historical examples in this regard,” the politician further told KurdPress.

He pointed out: "These people say that they have made a revolution in Syrian Kurdistan, but this is not the case, and they have only seized power. It was due to their wrong policy that Afrin, Sari Kani and Gri Spi were occupied by Turkey and their behaviors are pushing Turkey to conduct another attack (into Syria Kurdistan).

Walid Haj Abdulqadir said: "I am not optimistic about the negotiations, because I know the other side. The PKK will not allow any of the forces of Lashkar-e-Ruj (ENKS-affiliated military force) to enter. The PKK will not leave its ideology and is ready for any kind of war, conflict and killing just to keep the ideology.”

"If the PKK and the PYD are right that they believe in negotiations, it is good for them to first clarify the fate of the prisoners and the people who have been slayed so that the people will be informed of their intentions,” he concluded.

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