Salih Muslim speaks in Catalonia: Europe is breeding jihadists
NEWS CENTER (DİHA) - PYD Co-chair Salih Muslim warned in Spain that Europe is breeding "jihadists" who are fighting in their thousands in Syria. In a meeting with Catalan MPs in Barcelona on Tuesday, he accused Turkey of allowing jihadi fighters across its borders into Syria.
The Democratic Union Party (PYD) Co-chair Salih Muslim met in Barcelona with the president of the Catalan Parliament, Nuria de Gispert. Kurdish leader Muslim met in Barcelona with the president of the Catalan Parliament, Nuria de Gispert, and representatives of four major Catalan parties. During the civil society meeting, which was organized by the Barcelona-based Escarre Centre for Ethnic Minorities and Nations (CIEMEN), Muslim spoke about the issues affecting the three Kurdish cantons of Kobane, Afrin and Cizire, where the Kurdish people declared autonomy in July 2012.
'European democracy shouldn’t finish at borders of Europe'
Muslim is in Europe to try to persuade Western countries that if they want to fight Islamic militancy at home they must help his party in its fight against gangs of the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS). On Monday, he warned at a gathering of civil society movements in Barcelona that, “European democracy shouldn’t finish at the borders of Europe. If you don’t have democracy in the Middle East you are not saved in Europe.”
'There is something wrong in Europe'
“We have 4,000 people from Europe joining the fighting against us. There is something wrong in Europe which is producing people with this mentality. The Europeans should sit and think about what they should do," said Muslim. Muslim told Catalan parliamentarians on Tuesday that despite its denials, Turkey was involved in helping ISIS militants. “Turkey says that ISIS is dangerous for us and them, but members of ISIS pass through Turkey. We were in Turkey many times and they say that they don’t support these groups but on the ground it is different,” Muslim said the day before.
Emphasis on continous resistance in Kobane
“We have been in Europe more than two years just knocking the doors and trying for the people to listen to us. We have been fighting against ISIS in Kobane for a year, while in Mosul six battalions of the Iraqi army could not stand ISIS for 24 hours,” Muslim remarked.
'We should be within a democratic Syria'
Regarding a planned referendum in Federal Kurdistan on independence from Iraq, Muslim said: “Every part of Kurdistan has different conditions. Maybe in South Kurdistan they can look for the referendum and look for independence. It is their view and the result of the referendum will be respected by us because the people are deciding the fate. In our case we, as a political party and component of Syria, believe that it is not the time for the independence of Western Kurdistan. The others should also respect what we are doing on our part. We should be within a democratic Syria.”
'We need weapons to defend ourselves'
Regarding the lack of international aid to the Kurdish cantons in Rojava, Muslim said that the cantons “need everything.” “But first of all we need the weapons to defend ourselves. We need artillery, because what ISIS has brought from Mosul is very sophisticated. They are mainly American weapons. We are buying from the black market... even sometimes we buy from them, people related to ISIS, because they have lots of weapons, huge amounts,” said Muslim.