Kurdish parties held a conference in Paris on March 12 to commemorate the deadly clashes with the Syrian security forces that took place on March 12, 2004 in Qamishli, north-eastern Syria.
Participating were representatives of various Kurdish parties in Europe, as well as Iranian, Iraqi, Syrian, and Turkish Kurdish parties. Also in attendance were noted Syrian figures such as the authors and intellectuals Dr. Burhan Ghaliyoun and Dr. Abdel Razzaq Eid, as well as Haytham al-Manna', spokesman for the Arab Commission for Human Rights, and Fahd al-Masri of Rally for Syria. (A more detailed list of the organizers and invitees can be seen here [Arabic. Elaph, 3/11/06]).
A report (Arabic. Elaph, 3/13/06) by Bahia Mardini relayed the message of a speech by Syrian activist Ghassan al-Muflih on Arab-Kurdish relations and the need to reject ethnic tensions and to accept the other without any qualm or misgiving. Mardini also reported the participation of Amnesty International in the conference. According to Mardini, AI discussed the Kurdish issue in Syria, and the need to open an honest investigation into what happened in March 2004, and to hold accountable those responsible.