20 March 2016
The President of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Masoud Barzani, has supported the declaration of the Rojava Federation in Syria. Barzani has stated, “We see the proposed federative system as an appropriate model for the future of the country. In orde for it to be successful, all sides in Syria must come to a joint agreement”. Barzani went on to say that the Kurds have to elect their own government, parliament and president.
The Kurds and the peoples of Northern Syria had declared the federation in a meeting of the Constituent Assembly for the establishment of the Rojava-Northern Syria Democratic Federal System. The two-day meeting held in the Rimelan town of Girkê Legê (Al-Muabbada) ended on the 17th of March. Attended by 31 parties and 200 delegates representing Rojava’s Kobane, Afrin and Cizire cantons and the Kurdish, Arab, Assyrian, Syriac, Armenian, Turkmen and Chechen peoples of Girê Spî (Tal Abyad), Shaddadi, Aleppo and Shehba regions.
Turkey responded to the declaration by stating that they would not allow for a Kurdish entity in the North of Syria and would fiercely oppose any de-facto structures, while the USA merely stated that they preferred a unitary Syria but would respect the decision of the Syrian people. Russia has been open to discussions for an alternative administrative system in Syria.