Tuesday, 17 July 2012, 09:36 GMT
Two leading Syrian Kurdish opposition parties sign historic Erbil agreement


Speakers at the Congres of the Syrian Kurdish Dispora in Erbil, January 28, 2012./GLOBE PHOTO/Safin Hamid

The Kurdish Globe
By Salih Waladbagi

Following Annan's visit to Baghdad, Syrian ambassador to Iraq resigns

The two main Kurdish opposition parties signed a joint statement under the auspices of Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani in Salahaddin, a town close to the Kurdish capital city of Erbil on July 13th 2012, Kurdish news agencies reported.

The Syrian Kurdish National Council and the Kurdistan West People Council were welcomed by the President before they signed the symbolic Erbil statement.

The two parties announced the creation of a committee called the Kurdish Senior Board. The major mission of the board is to outline a general policy and to lead the Kurds through Syria's current critical situation, according to the statement.

The statement also urged the two parties to keep away from any sort of media war against each other.

President Barzani congratulated the Kurdish opposition parties for signing such a "historical agreement" and asked them to make the entire Syrian Kurdish voice united. He furthermore urged them to stand together against changes in Syria, according to the official Kurdistan Presidency website.

Barzani also asked them to struggle and strive to achieve the Kurdish rights that can be gained by maintaining unity among Kurdish parties. He demanded the Kurdish opposition parties to build strategic relations and ties with the other democratic parties across Syria.

Attempts to stop violence

Kofi Annan, envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League, arrived in Baghdad on an official visit. The visit came after several failed attempts to end violence and conflict in Syria. His major mission will be a further discussion of the current situation in Syria, Iraqi Foreign Ministry stated on July 10th 2012.

Annan had been in Iran before arriving for talks in Iraq. In Iran, Annan had stated: "Iran can help to solve situation in Syria."

"Annan was received by Iraqi Foreign Minister, Hoshyar Zebari. Annan will meet PM Maliki and other influential Iraqi officials to talk about finding a way to resolving the crisis in Syria," Kurdish news agencies reported.

Last week, the Syrian opposition said that they will refute any political attempts to improve the current situation if it didn't include Assad's departure.

However, western diplomats criticized Annan's proposal to the UN which did not consist of Assad's departure, suggesting that the next national government won't include those who threaten the stability of the country.

Ambassador's defection

Syrian Foreign Ministry announced that Nawaf al-Fars had been discharged from his official position [ambassador to Iraq].

"I announce my defection from my post as representative of the Syrian Arab Republic in Iraq and my withdrawal from the ranks of the Baath party," Fares said in a message aired on Pan-Arab Al-Jazeera TV.

The ministry said Fars's statement was against the duties of his position to defend the country's stand.

According to the ministry, he no longer has any relation with the Syrian Embassy in Iraq or with the Foreign Ministry.

"Nawaf al-Fars made a statement on Wednesday to the media which is against his duty, including defending his country's position," the ministry added.

The ministry also added that because of his resignation Fars should be legally prosecuted and brought to justice.

Syrian Foreign Ministry will continue its work as normal in Iraq's capital, Baghdad, according to the ministry statement.