Syrian opposition turned into tool to achieve Turkish interests – politician

RAQQA, Syria (North Press) – An official of the Future Syria Party in the city of Raqqa, northern Syria, said on Monday that the Syrian opposition’s dependency on Turkish orders made the latter speak on behalf of the Syrians.  

Mowafaq al-Ahmad, the official spokesperson for the Future Syria Party, said that the statements issued by Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mevlut Cavusoglu, represent Turkish policy and do not represent the will of the Syrian people. 

On August 11, a demonstration took place in the city of Azaz in Aleppo northern countryside to denounce the statements made by Cavusoglu in which he called for reconciliation between the Syrian government and opposition.

During the demonstration, protesters removed the Turkish flags from the squares and streets of Azaz and burned some of them. 

The Turkish statements sparked a wave of anger in the areas held by Turkey and its affiliated factions in northern Syria, during which people took the streets, condemning the statements.

In an interview with North Press, al-Ahmad described the Turkish Foreign Minister’s statements as “political insolence” and “do not decide the fate of the Syrians.”  

The Syrian opposition’s dependence on Turkish orders made the Turkish government decide and speak on behalf of the Syrians.

He pointed out that the Syrian opposition and its militants have turned into a tool to achieve the Turkish interests in several countries in the world.

He believe that it is difficult for the opposition factions to get rid of the Turkish guardianship, and this became clear when young Syrians were arrested and handed over to the Turks.

On August 13, Turkish Minister of Interior, Suleiman Soylu, announced the arrest of two people on charges of burning the Turkish flag during demonstrations.

The arrest drew widespread outrage among activists and residents who demanded the young men’s unconditional release.

Al-Ahmad expressed his regret at seeing Syrians arresting other Syrians and handing them over to the Turks under the pretext of burning the Turkish flag. But this is what the Turkish-backed factions have done. 

The Future Syria Party was founded on March 27, 2018. It is active in northeast Syria. Ibrahim al-Qaftan was elected as the president of the party and Hevrin Khalaf was elected as secretary-general.

In 2019, Hevrin Khalaf was assassinated on M4 highway between Raqqa and Hasakah by Ahrar al-Sharqiya, a Turkish-backed armed faction.

Reporting by Ammar Abdullatif