The office of the Syrian – Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the Czech Republic has been closed down. The office in the Czech capital Prague was opened in April 2016.
Christof Lehmann (nsnbc): The YPG and its all female YPJ are the military wings of the Syrian Kurdish PYD party. The PYD is a traditional ally of Turkey’s outlawed Kurdistan Worker’s party (PKK).
The YPG office in Prague was reportedly closed because of failure to establish cooperation and ambiguities with regard to the YPG and international law.
The YPG’s Czech lawyer, Slavomir Hrinko, who provided legal services for the group and in whose real estate the office had its official seat, reportedly said the lease agreement with YPG Europe group was not extended.
Czech diplomacy reflects ambiguities with regard to the status of the YPG nd international law. Czech Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Michaela Lagronova noted that the Czech Republic does not recognize the so-called Syrian Kurdistan as a subject of international law. “The Foreign Ministry has not maintained any contact with the group,” she added.
The United States regards the YPG as one of its key allies in its fight against the Islamic State, but matters are not that simple, and the Czech Republic isn’t the USA either.
For one, it has been well-documented that the USA or deep state networks within the USA at the very least indirectly, sponsored the Islamic State a.k.a. ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh. (See photo below as just one example.)
Moreover, the PYD and its military wings the YPG and YPJ are long-standing allies of Turkey’s outlawed Kurdistan Worker’s party (PKK). The PKK launched its armed insurgency against the Turkish State and for an independent Kurdistan in 1986.
The PKK has been more or less overtly supported with more than “goodwill” by the USSR, now Russia and Iran, among others.
Both the PKK and the PYD – YPG – YPJ nexus were part of a Russian and Syrian version of “stay behind armies” that could be used in a potential conflict with Turkey or NATO.
NATO’s top-dog, the USA, for its part, supports the northern Iraqi, Kurdish KDP and the Iranian – Kurdish, KDP-I.
Many analysts agree that the United States and other NATO member’s sudden “sympathies” for the YPG are part of a strategy that aims more at “Balkanizing” Syria than at fighting the Islamic State, which does not mean that the YPG isn’t effective in its fight against ISIS.
If one wants to complicate the analysis further, it would be worth noticing that the PYD’s and the PKK’s relations with the Iraqi KDP regime of Massoud Barzani are tense, but that the PKK, occasionally cooperates with the Iranian, KDP allied KDP-I for “pragmatic purposes”.
A reductionist approach would be to state that all major Kurdish parties and factions reflect the legitimate aspiration s of Kurds for self-determination while all of them have to cope with the fact that achieving these aspirations without accepting that achieving them without facilitating ambitions of major international and regional powers to some degree is impossible.