Kurdistan Regional Government president Masoud Barzani announced on June 7 that the region had set September 25 as the date for a referendum on independence. He was joined by members of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, Kurdistan Islamic Union, Kurdistan Islamic Movement and other small parties, including those representing Assyrian and Turkmen minorities. New signs on billboards throughout the KRG capital of Erbil tout “yes to independence.”
The draft of Syria’s new constitution developed by the Russian experts had a number of positive points relating to the decentralization of power in the country, the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) representative to France, Halid Isa said.
The next round of the Syrian talks under the auspices of the United Nations between the Syrian government and the opposition will take place in Geneva from May 16-19.
A frequent refrain from all parties to the conflict in Syria – whether it is the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson or President Assad himself – is that it is for Syrians to determine the future of Syria.
The European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides announced on Wednesday (April 5) that an EU-brokered conference on the future of Syria had raised $6 billion in aid.
The Kurdish National Council (KNC) who has two representatives at the Syria Geneva talks has to look into the mirror for ignoring the Kurdish question in the talks that seek a negotiated end to the six-year long war in Syria, the UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan De Mistura reportedly told the Kurds, according to a member of the KNC’s External Affairs Committee who calls for the replacement of the two Kurdish delegates.
European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini hailed the resumption of talks on Syria in Geneva, Switzerland.
Lawmakers from Russia’s State Duma and PACE representatives favor the establishment of a constitutional commission in the Syrian parliament.
Russia, Iran and Turkey reaffirmed their commitment to consolidating and strengthening the ceasefire regime in Syria during a fresh round of peace talks March 14-15 in Astana. It was the third such meeting in Astana in what has become known as the Astana Process.