Abdul-Hakim Bashar told the Anatolia news agency that they did not want to see Syria divided on the basis of ethnicity and geography, but that they wanted guarantees for the rights of Kurds in a new Syria. Bashar also said they would attend a Syrian opposition meeting with the Syrian National Council (SNC) that was planned to be held under the auspices of the Arab League in Cairo next week.
The KNCS's policy will be taken up at the meeting in Cairo, he added. Bashar explained that they wanted an administrative structure in the new Syria that would take different ethnic and religious identities into consideration. He further said they wanted the country to have a democratic and secular structure, stating that gender equality and the rights of religious groups should be guaranteed in the constitution.
He said that Syria's Kurdish community wanted to be accepted as a nation and for their problems to be solved in a democratic way.
Bashar also said President Bashar al-Assad's administration wanted to cooperate with Syria's Kurds, but that they rejected this call. “The regime massacres its own people,” he said.
The SNC is a real power, having a special role on an international platform, he said, adding that even if the SNC and KNCS have different views on some matters, the meeting in Istanbul has brought the two closer together. The SNC and Kurds need each other not only in the current revolutionary process, but afterwards as well, he said.
Replying to a question, Bashar said they wanted the revolution to be finalized in a political sense.
Bashar lauded Turkey, saying it has been doing very important things for the Syrian people and that the Syrian people appreciate Turkey's stance. He added, “Turkey has been assisting the Syrian people for a long time.”
In regard to relations with Massoud Barzani, Kurdistan Region President, Bashar said they have strategic relations, stating that Pres. Barzani has extended much support to Syrian Kurds.
Replying to another question, Bashar said that while they hold some views in common with the Kurdish Democratic Union (PYD), which is close to the Syrian regime and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).