"They would agree to equal rights and freedoms with Syria's Arab population, proportional representation in the [post-war] institutions and the so-called cultural autonomy," he asserted.
In February, Saleh Muslim, co-chairman of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), reiterated that the PYD was not trying to create an independent political entity in northern Syria and only champions constitutional rights for the Kurds.
"We do not want an independent Kurdish state neighboring Turkey," he asserted, adding that Turkey's claims to the contrary show that Ankara is "Kurdophobic."
The Kurdish language is one of the two official languages in the country. Iraqi Kurdistan receives 17 percent of the national budget and is as sovereign as a political entity could be without formally seceding, but experts say that Erbil in fact wants Iraq to remain undivided.
Ankara "views anyone who is advocating for their rights terrorists. At the moment, the Turkish government is waging a war against those people who do not want to call themselves Turks and live primarily in Kurdish areas of Turkey," he noted.
In 2015, the Turkish government launched a military operation against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) after a months-long ceasefire collapsed. The campaign has largely been condemned as a humanitarian disaster.