Sign In / Up

Add contribution as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Comment as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Login

Not a member Register   Forgot Password
or connect using
 

Email

 

Rudaw

Interview

Muslim Brotherhood Chief: Kurds Should Join Fight Against Assad Regime

18/3/2013
By DILXWAZ BAHLAWI
By DILXWAZ BAHLAWI

In this interview with Rudaw, deputy head of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammed Farouk Tayfour says that opposition groups are meeting in Istanbul today to form an interim government for Syria. Tayfour believes that the Kurds are either siding with the regime of Bashar Assad or that they are divided among themselves. He says the Muslim Brotherhood wants to solve the Kurdish question in Syria and he hopes the Kurds join the main opposition to topple the regime in Damascus.

 

Rudaw: The Syrian opposition is meeting in Istanbul today to form an interim government. Do you think it will be a successful meeting?

 

Mohammed Farouk Tayfour: This meeting is mainly to have all parties nominate their candidates to head a new interim government, and the three existing Syrian opposition councils have a bigger chance in leading this government.

 

Rudaw: Will the Kurds have a footing in that interim government, given the fact that the Kurdish Supreme Council is not taking part in the meeting?

 

Mohammed Farouk Tayfour: Until recently there were negotiations between the Syrian National Coalition (SNC) and the Kurdish National Council (KNC). But it was always the KNC that withdrew from the talks and wasn’t willing to become part of the SNC. Even at the beginning of the revolution in Syria, some Kurds would clearly support the regime of Bashar Assad.

 

Rudaw: The Kurdish Council says that the Syrian opposition isn’t willing to meet their demands, that’s why they avoid the mainstream opposition.

 

Mohammed Farouk Tayfour: I’ve attended many rounds of negotiation between the Syrian and Kurdish councils and I believe it was the attitude of the Kurdish council and their leaders that kept them away from the Syrian opposition. They could have acted differently. The Kurds have more than 40 parties in Syria, some of them side with the Syrian regime and the rest are not united among themselves. But I hope they can unite their stance and become part of the Syrian National Coalition.

 

Rudaw: What is the answer of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood to the Kurdish demand for federalism in Syria?

 

Mohammed Farouk Tayfour: The Muslim Brotherhood is part of the Syrian opposition and clearly calls for a just solution for the Kurdish cause. Once the Assad regime is gone and there is a new parliament, that parliament will decide how to solve the Kurdish question.

 

Rudaw: What is the Muslim Brotherhood’s position towards the Democratic Union Party (PYD)?

 

Mohammed Farouk Tayfour:  We are against any kind of alliance with the Syrian regime. We have a clear call goal is toppling that regime. Whoever answers that call is our ally and whoever rejects it, is our enemy.

 

Rudaw: Are you worried that the group of Jabhat al-Nusra that was branded as a terrorist organization by the US might gain strength and dominate the Syrian opposition at some point?

 

Mohammed Farouk Tayfour: Former head of the SNC, George Sabrah once said that all the guns are at the moment pointed at the Assad regime. Once that goal has been achieved, a national army, which will include all the different armed groups including Jabhat an-Nusrah, will be formed.

 

Rudaw: It is said that the Muslim Brotherhood has dominated the Syrian opposition and that even the technocrat and academic figures in the council are only another side of the Brotherhood coin. What do you say to that?

 

Mohammed Farouk Tayfour: Those who work with us know very well that that is not true. Our participation rate in the Coalition doesn’t exceed 10 percent. It is not in our capacity to control the Syrian opposition.

 

Rudaw: It is said that this interim government would be formed under the auspices of the United States and Russia.

 

Mohammed Farouk Tayfour: No one owns Syria except the people of Syria themselves. The people of Syria will not ask anyone for permission to form a government just as they didn’t ask anyone’s permission to start the revolution.

 

 

 

Comments

 
Data pager
Previous
12
Page size:
PageSizeComboBox
select
Dio | 18/3/2013
no thank you kurdish people will not join terrorists to fight a terrorist!, kurds in syria will have autonomy peacefully or with war arabs choice which one they want!
Jeremy Pascal
Jeremy Pascal | 18/3/2013
Bad Interview..Why you are letting him away with his answer about federalism..??
muhammet | 19/3/2013
Muslim Brotherhood! No one but Islam suffers under such bloody fascists! How dare you to decide about the fate of another Muslim nation, Kurds? Don't you know that they have been suffering from dictatorships for almost a century? I hope soon enough, Muslim Kurds will tear off the Islam mask on your faces! May God give strength to Kurds and those who really fight in the name of Islam!
ytektas@yahoo.com | 19/3/2013
How you letting such as fascist in your page. We are promising Kurds none he shortly declared.
suleyman | 22/3/2013
Muslims are does not take the right one. The Ottomans were being overbearing in the Middle East,not talk languages ​​other than Turkish. Kurds will be UNITY whit Free Syrian soldiers .
Tags :
Print Email to a friend
Save this story
2713 Views

Be Part of Your Rudaw!

Share your stories, photos and videos with Rudaw, and quite possibly the world.

What You Say

Salman Kurdy | 2/1/2015 1:35:13 PM
Why do you say "Kakei kurds"? The Kakai people does not identify themselfs as kurds. The kakai is a ethnoreligous group. Is this why peshmerga does...
BismarkPA | 2/1/2015 4:19:59 PM
The political infighting between the PUK, KDP, and YPG will be the undoing of the Kurds. The Peshmerga to truly be effective needs to be separated...
Formation of Kakei Peshmerga regiment remains hampered
| 11 hours ago | (5)
Kurdish Patriot | 2/1/2015 2:19:52 PM
Dear YPG and Peshmerga forces, get ready for another invasion!!! This announcement is ringing alarm bells!!! By saying all terrorists they mean Kurds...
Common Sense | 2/1/2015 4:12:07 PM
The only way that Assad drives out insurgents this year is by resigning and leaving the country, probably to Iran since Iran finances him and without...
Syrian PM: We will drive out all insurgents this year
| 8 hours ago | (3)
Marcopolo | 2/1/2015 3:29:13 PM
Kurdish awakening, as far as economy and market are concerned , you are naive and know nothing about economy whic is the basis for any nation's...
Kurdish God | 2/1/2015 3:57:47 PM
@ Kurdish Patriot. Dear Kurdish Patriot please just ignore him. You must learn this spiritual lesson. The more you resist someone the stronger and...
Second Kurdish commander killed as Peshmerga retake villages south of Kirkuk
| yesterday at 09:17 | (31)
Kurdish God | 2/1/2015 3:42:58 PM
Dear Kani, I did not feel like to comment on your article, because I think you have too many different colours in the mix, let’s forget about all...
Botan | 2/1/2015 3:49:19 PM
Kani why all the PKK and Ocalan hate? After all it is the PKK that came down from Kandil to fight for Shingal & Mahkmour together with Peshmerga. The...
Is PEGIDA a Bastard Child of ISIS and PKK?
| 15 hours ago | (22)

Elsewhere on Rudaw

What Is Turkey's Future Under Erdogan? 27/1/2015 | (14)

What Is Turkey's Future Under Erdogan?

Where will his worldview take Turkey and the more
State Department: US Has no Ban on Oil Sales from Any Part of Iraq 1/8/2014 | (35)

State Department: US Has no Ban on Oil Sales from Any Part of Iraq

“Iraq’s energy resources belong to all of the more
0.391 seconds