Saturday, 04 February 2012, 07:59 GMT
Masrour Barzani says Damascus needs to "share power"

Masrour Barzani speaks to the British Foreign Office envoy, Francis Gaya in Erbil./ GLOBE PHOTO

The Kurdish Globe

As opposition crackdown escalates across Syria, Kurdistan Region continues to keep a closer eye on the events in Kurdish inhabited areas of the country.

In a meeting with the British Foreign Office envoy here in Erbil, the influential Kurdish official, Masrour Barzani, said although Kurds of Iraq have chosen not to interfere in the business of any neighboring country, "but Kurdistan Region will look to the best interest of the Kurdish people in Syria."

In the meeting with Francis Gaya, who is in charge of the Syrian opposition desk in the British Foreign Office, Masrour Barzani said there is still opportunity to solve the Syrian conflict peacefully, "but for that", Barzani said, "Damascus must share power with other entities of the Syrian society."

This week is exactly one year since the Syrian Uprising started last February. Syrian Kurdish opposition have met in Erbil regularly to maintain, what they call, "a united approach" to the ongoing conflict. Kurdistan Region historically has had strong bonds with the approximately two million Kurds in Syrian Kurdistan.

Masrour Barzani said the future of the Kurdish people and their national rights in Syria are of "vital importance" to the Kurdistan Region.