ARBIL : Syrian Kurds in the country’s northeast announced the formation of a transitional autonomous administration on Tuesday after making key territorial gains against jihadists in recent weeks.

But several major Kurdish groups have not signed on to the declaration, which had originally been mooted in July. The latest announcement comes amid a general strengthening of Kurdish rights in neighbouring Turkey, and increasing moves towards independence by Iraq’s own autonomous Kurdish region.

“Today is an important day in the history of the Kurdish people,” said Shirzad Izidi, a spokesman for the People’s Council of Western Kurdistan, a Syrian Kurdish group. “What has been announced today is the beginning of implementing an interim administration in the ares of West Kurdistan,” he continued, referring to the commonly used name for Syria’s Kurdish areas.

The announcement was made after talks in the mostly Kurdish town of Qamishli days earlier and involves the division of Syria’s Kurdish region into three areas, each with its own local assembly, as well as representatives to a regional executive body. The administration has been tasked with preparing local and general elections, along with handling an array of political, military, security and economic issues.

But the fact that the newly formed authority lacks the backing of several key parties has raised questions over whether it will be long-lasting.