US suggested power-sharing deal for N Syria that gives equal representation to rival Kurdish groups: Report
The United States has suggested a power-sharing deal for northeastern part of Syria that gives equal representation to the rival ENKS and PYNK, according to a report by Rudaw on Sept. 16. “As the ENKS, we have accepted the 40 percent representation that the U.S. has suggested for shared governance system,” said an official from the ENKS.
While the ENKS and the PYD agree on certain topics, a deep gap remains between the two groups. And the American and French pressure will do little to close that gap. Moreover, Barzani’s ties with Turkey limit his capabilities. Given the KDP and the PKK were fighting each other in the Qandil mountains, how could the two movements unite on the Syrian front?
Filmmaker Shero Hinde explains how the life in Qamishli in northeastern Syria has been affected by the coronavirus. Hinde says that measures against the spread of the virus were adopted in Rojava earlier than in other parts of the world. Up to now, not a single COVID-19 positive case was reported in the region.
Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has sent coronavirus test kits to southeastern Syria to help the Syrian Kurds in the fight against the highly contagious virus. "Utmost thanks and appreciation to the President of Kurdistan Region, Mr. Nechirvan Barzani," Mazloum Abdi, commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), tweeted on April 12.
Representatives of the ENKS on Feb. 19 met with Turkish Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu and expressed their concerns over a forced demographic change in northeastern Syria. "We said that we condemn practices which change the demographic structure of the region and that we are against this throughout Syria and especially in the Kurdish regions,” a member of the delegation said following the meeting.