Welîd Çolî registers a positive air in Rojava for Kurdish unity

Welîd Çolî, a political observer assessing the national unity talks in Rojava, said that there is a positive atmosphere building around the possibility of unity. Welîd Çolî said that the Turkish state started to search for an alternative to the ENKS.

After the initiative taken by the General Command of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Rojava, the negotiations between the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and the ENKS (Syrian Kurdish National Council) are continuing.

In the first phase of the talks, which started under the mediation of delegations from the USA and France, both part of the anti-ISIS international coalition, meetings were held with all Kurdish parties in Rojava.

The delegations of both countries told all parties that "those that have problems between each other will be brought together to discuss. Later there will be all-party talks."

In this context, a series of meetings have been held between PYD and ENKS with news about them reported by some media.

Salih Muslim, a member of the PYD co-presidency Executive Council, said in a statement that the talks are continuing but there is no memorandum of understanding has been signed yet.

Political observer Welîd Çolî talked to ANF about the picture that is likely to emerge if unity is supported by a wide part of the society in North-East Syria.

'Previous talks failed because of Turkey'

Welîd Çolî said: "The political atmosphere is very suitable for the success of the unity talks" and added that there is now a more suitable political environment than that registered in the previous meetings in Hewlêr and Duhok.

"There were the Hewler-1, Hewler-2 and even Duhok talks in the past. Maybe there is no need to talk about why they have not been successful, now. The main reason for this was the Turkish state. But the current atmosphere is different from that day," said Çolî.

As to how the atmosphere has changed today, Welîd Çolî said that first of all the total destruction policy launched against the Kurds has been exposed and is now in front of all Kurds. Secondly, is the new phase which began in 2019 in the Syrian political picture."

Different air in Syria

Çolî said: "The two active forces on the field in the Syrian war, the USA and Russia are now at the stage of defining their borders and going to a political consensus over it. There will be some changes. There are Arab countries such as Egypt and Jordan. This change process will also cause some changes in the structure of the opposition in Syria. This structure is completely in the hands of the Turkish state and cannot progress."

Çolî noted that Russia and the USA have agreed on certain points for Syria and added that Kurdish people wants solutions, so the Kurdish parties should also consider this and act boldly. "For example, in previous meetings, the ENKS stated that observer forces should be there, yet at the moment they are."

Welîd Çolî said that the Turkish state will also attempt to sabotage the talks and emphasized that caution should be taken in this regard. "For example, a few days ago, there was a report that ENKS had left the Syrian opposition. But then ENKS said it was not true. The Turkish state is already making some preparations."

Çolî added: "Could this be read as the Turkish state search for an alternative to ENKS? I think yes, it can be seen as a search for an alternative to the ENKS. The Turkish state will not stop. These steps show that there is a new search going on."

'There is a search for a new Syrian opposition'

Çolî said: "It should not be forgotten that the current Syrian opposition is not a structure in which the Kurds could fit. There will be some changes in the moving structure as well. In my opinion, there are different opposition quests and work."