Today, Kurdish Question released a translation from a BBC Turkey interview, in which KCK Co-President Cemil Bayik explained the position of the Kurds in Rojava on the proxy war between the US and Russia:
The umbrella organisation of the Kurdish Movement the Kurdistan Communities’ Union (KCK) Co-President Cemil Bayik spoke to Mahmut Hamsici (1st Dec) from BBC Turkish and evaluated recent developments in Kurdistan and the Middle East.
A summary of Bayik’s comments are below:
What America is trying to do is not clear. Turkey’s plans are clear; they want to suffocate the Roajva revolution and stop international support for it. There are contradictions between America and Turkey. If they agree on a joint operation (on Jarablus) then we will escalate the struggle in Turkey. The Kurds in Rojava and the Syrian Democratic Forces alligned with them will also escalate the struggle in Rojava.
We are neither on America nor Russia’s side. We are a third force there, we represent a third line. When I say ‘we’ I mean the Kurds in Rojava. What did they say? They said whoever recognises our status we will recognise them and form an alliance. Until now no-one has officially recognised Rojava. Therefore the Kurds there cannot be on the side of America or Russia. There is a relationship. Whoever wants to fight ISIS (Daesh) we will fight with them.
Nobody can approach the Kurds in a tactical way anymore. That era is over. Only those who develop a strategic partnership with Kurds can win. Those that think they can develop a tactical relationship and use the Kurds because they are good fighters and further their economic and military interests will make a mistake. Kurds are not the Kurds of old. Kurds now have their fates in their own hands.
The primary concern of the US in Syria is to oust Assad, and of course Russia is there to protect him – neither truly care about fighting Daesh.
Meanwhile, the YPG are continuing their battle against ISIS (Daesh) and Al-Nusra (the Syrian wing of Al-Qaeda) in Aleppo and Kobane, see their most recent press releases below: