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 […]Continue reading Fifth round of Geneva negotiations reveals internal obstacles
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 […]Continue reading KNC decides to reopen its offices
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 […]Continue reading PRESS RELEASE: Kurdish National Council suspends participation in current round of negotiations
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 […]Continue reading Capacity Training II: Negotiation Strategies for the Kurdish National Council in Syria
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 […]Continue reading The Kurdish National Council in Syria takes a stand on Staffan de Mistura’s Non-Paper
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 […]Continue reading Delegation of the Kurdish National Council received at the White House
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 […]Continue reading Inauguration of office in Berlin to support the Kurdish National Council’s diplomatic interests
Since Tuesday, March 14, 2017, security forces of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) have abducted and arbitrarily detained numerous members of the Kurdish National Council in Syria (KNC) in the cities of Qamişlo, Efrîn, Kobanî, Amûdê, Dirbêsî, Hisiça (Hasakah), Dêrik, Serê Kaniyê, Girkê Legê and other places. At least fourty people have been arrested in […]Continue reading PYD’s repression of the KNC reaches new climax
The delegation of the Kurdish National Council has continued its talks with representatives in the USA on the 2nd and 3rd of March.
On March 2nd, the delegation first met with David Kinzler who serves as Middle East Staffer for Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Their discussion revolved around the current situation in Syrian-Kurdistan, the return of the Roj Peshmerga and the on-going peace negotiations in Geneva. Kinzler affirmed the KNC’s demands regarding the Roj Peshmerga’s return to be coherent and timely, as important decisions will have to be made in the near future. Continue reading Delegation of the Kurdish National Council continues its talks in Washington D.C.
A delegation of the Kurdish National Council in Syria, composed of Ibrahim Biro, president of the KNC, Kamiran Hajo, chairman of the KNC‘s committee for foreign relations, and Siamend Hajo, member of the committee for foreign relations, currently resides in the USA to meet with representatives of different political institutions.
On February 28, 2017, the delegation met with leading members of Senator Brad Sherman’s Office (Democratic Party), member of the U.S. House of Representatives. After that, representatives of the Kurdistan Regional Government – Iraq welcomed the delegation, amongst them Consul Bayan Sami ʿAbdulrahman. Continue reading Delegation of Kurdish National Council on visit in Washington, D.C.