Syrian Turkmen Assembly
The Syrian Turkmen Assembly (Turkish: Suriye Türkmen Meclisi, Arabic: المجلس السوري التركماني) is a coalition of Syrian Turkmen political parties and groups representing Syrian Turkmens in the Syrian National Council and the Syrian National Coalition. It was established in December 2012 under the name Syrian Turkmen Platform (Suriye Türkmenleri Platformu) to reconcile the two major Turkmen parties Syria Turkmen Bloc and the Syrian Democratic Turkmen Movement.
Suriye Türkmen Meclisi
|Motto||Onur ve Özgürlük Mücadelesi |
(Fighting for Dignity and Freedom)
|Formation||15 December 2012|
|Purpose||Represent Turkmens in Syria |
Providing the protection of Turkmen settlements and regions from Syrian Regime, ISIL, and YPG
|360 delegates |
(39 in administrative board)
Deputy President and Minister of Foreign Affairs
|Zeki Mustafa Türkmen|
|Tarık Sulo Cevizci|
Minister of Financial Affairs
|Mehmet Sulo Türkhan|
|Subsidiaries||Syrian Turkmen National Bloc |
Syrian Democratic Turkmen Movement
Syrian Turkmen Brigades
|Syrian Turkmen Platform (Suriye Türkmenleri Platformu)|
The military wing of the assembly is the Syrian Turkmen Brigades, and they are against the partition of Syria after the collapse of the Ba'athist government and they are protecting the Turkmen settlements and regions from the Syrian al-Assad government, ISIL, and the YPG, while participating in various offensives and sieges and also carrying out attacks on strategical positions for Turkmens and Turkey.
The first meeting of Syrian Turkmen Assembly was held in Istanbul on 15 December 2012, and the participants asserted that there is an inequity toward the Syrian Turkmens by the opposition forces as they do not give more seats in the Syrian National Coalition. They decided to meet and select the representatives of the assembly in the next meeting, and at the end of the first meeting, the common decision of Syrian Turkmen Assembly was declared: "Regardless of any ethnic or religious identity, a future in which everybody can be able to live commonly under the identity of Syrian is targeted in the future of Syria."
The second meeting of Syrian Turkmen Assembly took place in Ankara on 30 March 2013. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, and George Sabra also participated in the meeting. Davutoğlu called the Turkmens to take an active role in the Syrian National Coalition and contribute within the new administration of Syria. Three hundred fifty Turkmen delegates from different parts of Syria joined and elected 39 representatives for Syrian Turkmen Assembly among the members of different groups and parties. It was also agreed that the assembly will be reelected once a year, and the meetings will be conducted once a quarter. At the moment, eighteen representatives of Syrian Turkmen Assembly are represented in the Syrian National Council, and four members in the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces.
The representatives of Syrian Turkmen Assembly was constituted during the second organisation of Syrian Turkmen Platform on 30 March 2013, and that became the joining point of Syrian Turkmen National Bloc and Syrian Democratic Turkmen Movement, which are two different political movements of Syrian Turkmens. The assembly joined the two movements and with a joint agreement each movement have been given a region to focus.
- Turkmen demands are key to protecting Syria’s territorial integrity, Today's Zaman, 24 March 2013. "The first meeting of the Syrian Turkmen Platform was hosted by the Turkish Foreign Ministry in İstanbul on Dec. 15, 2012."
- ORSAM 2013, p. 13.
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- Türkmen Konseyi kuruldu, AA News Agency, 1 April 2013
- Syrian Turkmens form new opposition front, Hürriyet Daily News, 22 March 2012, Ankara
- ORSAM, ed. (March 2013). Syrian Turkmens: Political Movements and Military Structure (PDF). ORSAM–Middle Eastern Turkmen Report. 22 (= ORSAM Report No. 150). Ankara. ISBN 978-605-4615-47-6.
- Official website