Friday, 15 December 2017

Kurdish militia YPG opens office in Prague

ČTK |
4 April 2016

Prague, April 3 (CTK) - The People's Protection Units (YPG) Kurdish militia, fighting radical Islamists in Syria, opened its representation office for Europe in Prague on Sunday, the organisation announced in its press release.

It says it wants to strive in the Czech Republic for political, civic and humanitarian aid in the fight with Islamic terrorism.

Apart from the YPG, the Kurdish Women's Protection Units (YPJ) will have their representation in Prague.

However, the Czech Republic does not officially recognise the Syrian Kurdistan as an independent or autonomous state entity.

"Consequently, it does not recognise any of its political representations," the Foreign Ministry said on its website.

Both the West and Russia consider the YPGs capable participants in the fight against Islamic State and other radical groups in Syria.

Sheruan Hassan, chairman of the YPG Europe, said they had not chosen the Czech Republic for its office by accident as in Czech history, they can can see parallels with the Kurdish fight for democracy, human rights and freedom.

The YPG's struggle with international terrorism is in full harmony with the interests of the Czech Republic and its allies, he said.

Field commander Iman al-Darwish, who will represent the YPJ units in the Czech Republic, said their fight in Syria was not only a fight with Islamist fundamentalism, but also a struggle for the equality of men and women.

Copyright 2015 by the Czech News Agency (ČTK). All rights reserved.
Copying, dissemination or other publication of this article or parts thereof without the prior written consent of ČTK is expressly forbidden. The Prague Daily Monitor is not responsible for its content.