Die Linke MPs called on German government to "protect Rojava"
"“The peoples of Northern and Eastern Syria are fighting for the free, democratic and equal coexistence of different ethnic and religious groups in Syria. This struggle should be respected, accepted and supported."
The attempts by the United States to create a “no fly zone” in Rojava and getting Germany Tornado planes to join it have been debated in the German public for some time.
Germany needs to decide on this issue in the next few months. This is because German troops at the Al-Asraky military airport in Jordan will end their duties on 31 October.
The decision to extend the mandate of these soldiers to Rojava is expected to come to the Bundestag after the summer holidays. However, the parties in the parliament, including the Merkel government's partners CDU and the SPD, think differently. Recently, a statement on behalf of parliamentary Sevim Dagdelen was published on the official website of the Die Linke Group.
“Die Linke opposes the plan of the Federal Government to move the German army to Syria at the request of the United States," said the statement.
Die Linke Federal Parliament MPs Helin Evrim Sommer, Gökay Akbulut and Hamburg State Council Deputy Cansu Özdemir issued a written statement and called on the Berlin administration to “protect and recognize self-government in Northern and Eastern Syria.”
Sommer, Akbulut and Özdemir: UN should act as guarantor
Representatives of the German politicians of Kurdish origin held meetings with the representatives of the region and expressed their views by underlining the current attacks of the Turkish state on Rojava and the invasion of Afrin, in violation of international law.
“The Kurds played a decisive role in the victory against ISIS. - they said - Together with the Syrian people, they established a democratic, peaceful and freedom-based system. Self-government in the North and East of Syria is a democratic alternative to both the anti-democratic-authoritarian Assad regime and the Islamic terrorist militias. We strongly reject the claim that the Kurds waged this war as proxy and that they were only an extra.”
The three MPs added: “The peoples of Northern and Eastern Syria do not fight for the interests of other states. They are fighting for the free, democratic and equal coexistence of different ethnic and religious groups in Syria. This struggle should be respected, accepted and supported.
Public opinion gets confused by false information such as that the democratic self-government in Northern and Eastern Syria is a threat to the territorial integrity of Syria or a kind of occupation regime. When the social agreement of the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria is examined, it will be understood that these views are wrong. For these reasons, the protection and support of the self-government in the North and East of Syria should be granted.”
The MPs listed the demands that came to the fore in their meetings with the official representatives of the Autonomous Administration in the region as follows: “As a first step, the autonomous administration in the North and East of Syria should be recognized by Damascus in the future as an autonomous region of a democratic and decentralized Syria. Secondly, the democratic autonomous administration in the North and East of Syria should be protected by possible attacks and the United Nations should act as a guarantor.”
Finally, Sommer, Akbulut and Özdemir called on the Federal Government to actively cooperate with the Democratic Autonomous Administration in Northern and Eastern Syria. They call on the government to stop German arma export to Turkey and to engage in talks with Kurdish representatives.