Outside the headlines, something remarkable is going on in Syria. The Kurds, making a long-term play for an autonomous region, seem to have decided that their best bet is to buy it from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. And the US is signaling that it may be on-board — a startling reflection of its pro-Russian, anti-Turkish policy.
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.
Syrian Kurds in a group of Syrians, who arrived to Geneva to discuss legal aspects of a future constitutional change, have put forward two options aimed at solving the Kurdish issue – territorial separation of the Kurdish autonomy from Syria or making Syria a confederation, a source in the commission said on Sunday.
The Kurdish National Council (KNC) on Friday rejected a paper on Syrian political solution issued by Staffan de Mistura, the UN Special Envoy for Syria published. The paper, released in early March, calls for a local administration in Syria.
Russia will work with Turkey to seek Kurdish involvement at intra-Syrian negotiations despite Ankara’s ambivalent stance toward the Kurds, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
The representatives of the Federation of Northern Syria (NSR) are ready to take part in the commission to work out a new Syrian constitution.
A delegation containing members of Syria’s Kurdish National Council (ENKS) visited the United States on Sunday for talks with US officials on the Syrian crisis and the Kurdish issue in the country.
The Kurdish representatives at the ongoing intra-Syrian talks will insist on the Kurdish participation in drafting a constitution for Syria if a special working group is created.
On Wednesday, Moscow hosted a pan-Kurdish event, titled “The struggle for influence in the Middle East: the current state and possible outcomes,” as result of which, a joint declaration was issued.