Our ANHA agency held an interview with the head of the Future Syria Party, Ibrahim Qaftan, to discuss the future of Turkish-Russian relations, especially in Idlib and the ambitions of the countries in Syria.
In the beginning, Ibrahim Qaftan focused on the subject of centralization, which was the main cause of the people's unease. He expressed this by saying: "We always emphasize that if you want a state to fail, you have to govern it by centralization," referring to the Turkish government which turned not into friends and families' where a central individual government represented by president Erdogan.
Foreign interventions internationalized the Syrian issue
He also pointed out that there are other reasons that led to the crisis of the Syrian situation such as the intervention of regional countries such as Turkey, Saudi Arabia and other countries, stressing that the Syrian crisis was internal, and then turned into a regional and then regional ending up in internationalization.
In his speech, Qaftan emphasized that the solution to the crisis depends on the Syrian-Syrian dialogue only, through dialogue among all the people of Syria. This is what the Syrian Future Party and the peoples of north and east of Syria call for in general.
States' ambitions and interests drive them to try to divide Syria
On the subject of foreign ambitions to divide Syria, Ibrahim Qaftan stressed that all countries seek to achieve their interests, adding that "States are not charities but interests, they are not countries that have permanent hostilities or permanent friendships, but there are permanent interests, so where is our role, the people of Syria?
As for Future Syria Party, Qaftan said: "We believe only in the unity of the Syrian soil and the sovereignty of Syria, but not the sovereignty that now exists in its centralized government. The sovereignty is through an organized constitution that serves all the children of Syria. There is a role for the children of Syria, we will not divide Syria, we will not seek to divide Syria, and Damascus will remain the capital of Syria."
Internationalizing Idlib's issue to ensure continuity of the Syrian crisis according to international interests
Regarding the issue of Idlib, Qaftan said: "The truth is Idlib is a thorny issue, and everyone knows that the existing blocs, which are classified internationally as terrorist blocs (Jabhit al-Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham and other factions) are the other side of Daesh, how to end this file? Some foreign forces and their supporting countries and drying up the sources of support for these factions, and everyone knows who supports these factions, whether Turkey or some Arab countries.
"We hope that the children of Idlib will not be affected by the suffering they have suffered, and that the people of Idlib will live as we live in this region."
The future of the Turkish-Russian relationship depends solely on the interest
As for the Turkish-Russian relations, which have been strained since the Russian plane crash on November 24, 2015, followed by disagreements over the demilitarized zone and support for Jabhit al-Nusra, Qaftan stressed that the relationship is governed by the interest. Wherever the interests of Russia and Turkey meet, there will be consensus.
"Countries are not reliable in the matter of whether there will be a continuous intersection to hundreds of years, not according to their interests," he said. "We as a Syrian people should look at our interests as countries look at their interests."
About the reasons for changing the course of popular movement from the peaceful to the armed after the entry of the Syrian crisis in its ninth year, Qaftan attributed turning the peaceful path of popular movement into an armed one to the lack of political awareness, otherwise it would have been resolved through political dialogues and conferences, he stressed.