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Clauses of agreement between al-Jarba movement and Kurdish Democratic society

Reporting by Mohamed Al Hussein

(Zaman al-Wasl) Ahmad Jarba, the former head of the Coalition and the president of the Syria Tomorrow Movement, described what is happening now in Syria as, “a struggle over power and diverging the revolution.”

On Saturday, during a signing of an agreement between the movement and the Kurdish Movement for Democratic Society regarding the future vision of Syria, he called on Arab states to oversee the political operation in Syria considering, “there will be no solution in Syria except through a Syrian- Syrian dialogue under the umbrella of the United Nations.”

Jarba clarified that both parties agreed to participate in producing Syria of now. 
Observers see in Jarba’s statements about, “the Syrian revolution diverging from its path,” in the presence of Aldar Khalil, the most prominent leader of the Democratic Union Party which the Syrian wing of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, indicates that Russia has started to execute a new ploy to get the Kurdish autonomous administration to the Syrian Geneva negotiations through a delegation by dressing them in opposition clothing by gathering the platforms of Cairo, Moscow and other figures considered prey or consumed in the Syrian opposition. 

The agreement between Tomorrow Movement and the Kurdish autonomous administration comes one day after the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces Mikhail Bogdanov, the deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Russian envoy to the area, met with each of Randa Qasis the president of the initiative Astana and the Multicultural Society Movement and Qadouri Jamil from the Moscow platform and Jamal Suleiman and Jihad Makdissi from the Cairo platform in addition to undertaking a round of discussion with them as a group. 

The closing statement of the agreement which Ahmad Jarba read out that they agreed to 7 clauses, “draw the political and military strategies for the next stage in completion of understandings undertaken previously.” These were summarized as, 

First: what is taking place in Syria now is a conflict over authority, it was described as a diversion of the Syrian revolution, and that there is no solution in Syria except through a Syrian-Syrian dialogue under the umbrella of the international organization (the United Nations) and its regional branches, its active forces and their helm the United States of America, the Russian Federation, the European Union and the Arab League.

Second: the two sides agree there is a purposeful absence for all political sides that represent the fundamental components of the Syrian people whether Arabs or Kurds because of the attitude of regional powers that do not hide their greed in Syria of the future, in an indication to the Democratic Unity Party and the Turkish stance towards it as such the two sides called on Egypt and Saudi Arabia to oversee the change of the regime in all its symbols and core components to prepare the conditions to mature the political agreement among Syrians. 

Third: “both sides agree to change the regime in all its symbols and core components and build a democratic, multi-party, decentralized, parliamentary system on the basis of respecting democratic rights for all Syrian components.” Both sides consider the experience of the Democratic Union Party successful and it must be replicated in other Syrian areas. 

Fourth: the alliance between the two sides is not limited to theoretical principles, but both parties (the democratic autonomous administration and the Syrian Tomorrow Movement), to place all their political, economic and media possibilities to develop the suitable circumstances to achieve the agreements between the two parties. 

Fifth: both parties confirm that what joins them is the agreement to participate in producing the today and tomorrow of Syria. 

Sixth: both parties pledge that the main purpose which joins Syrians is getting rid of the regime, fighting terrorists represented by the Islamic State and its brothers, and moving with steady steps to a political solution which puts a limit to the draining of Syrian blood and foreign intervention. 

Seventh: work to develop a strong alliance for the political democratic forces taking into consideration that the major dilemma is finding the best chance for major solutions according to the Cairo statement. 

For its part the autonomous administrative announced via a subordinate news center that there are 8 points that were not spoken of in the closing statement, and they were the most important points agreed on by the two sides and reveal the truth of the agreement which opposition members see in it Jarba’s bias towards the Democratic Union Party, and they are:

1-forming a committee to study the political regime suggested in future Syria.

2- preserve the unity of the Syrian territory.

3- the freedom of women and their struggles are a core and launch point to arrive at the free democratic Syria. 

4- the success achieved by the democratic autonomous administration encourage other Syrian forces to benefit from these experiences and execute them in areas that will be controlled, and consider the core national basis to be achieved through the principle of freedom of life to direct towards the Syrian space. 

5- the announced autonomous administration in the areas of al-Jazeera, Kobani, and Afrin in northern Syria are accepted and commitments made to adhere to their laws and the decisions of the courts. 

6- the Syrian Tomorrow Movement has the right to open its organization offices and employee personal in all areas of the autonomous administration, and freely raise their flag and symbol. 

7- a high coordination committee is formed from both sides to monitor and look into solving problems that arise to serve this agreement. 

8- develop a military cooperation in the context of protection and fighting Islamic State. In an indication to the cooperation of both sides’ members in the battles in the areas of Abu Khashab and al-Shadidiyat between al-Hasakah and Deir ez Zor. 

In the same context, sources from the Arab tribe Shammar which the Jarba family head, said that the Democratic Union party began establishing a new military column under the leadership of Saad al-Dalali, the former deputy commander of Ahrar al-Jazeera, who is a follower of Jarba and one of the sons of his tribe. 

The sources added that leaders from the Kurdish party started visiting company members’ houses and Free Syrian Army members’ houses in the area, asking their families to tell them to return to join the new formation which aims to amass 450 fighters to compete with the al-Sanadid Forces subordinate to Hamidi al-Daham Jarba. 

The sources indicated that the training sessions for the members of this formation began last July 26 under the leadership of al-Dalali in the village of al-Yaarubiyah whereby 109 persons from the tribe have received training in party camps. 

It must be indicated that the Democratic Union Party announced in the beginning of 2014 the establishment of the autonomous administration with its military security apparatuses, its courts, and institutions resembling state institutions in three areas Afrin, Ayn al-Arab, and al-Jazeera (north of al-Hasakah). Most of these areas remained far from the regime airplanes and military helicopter bombings.

The Democratic Union Party demanded other parties and movements work to license their activity within it which the Tomorrow Movement under the leadership of Jarba will do.

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