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.
Syrian opposition’s High Negotiations Committee (HNC) has provided a written reply to the proposal of UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura on creation of a consultative mechanism for constitutional matters, criticizing almost every point of the envoy’s paper and requiring clarifications.
Head of State Nursultan Nazarbayev has met with Saudi State Minister of Persian-Arab Gulf Affairs Samer Al-Sabhan, Kazinform correspondent reports citing Akorda.
The main opposition group at ongoing UN-backed Syria peace talks in Geneva met Russia’s deputy foreign minister on Wednesday. Speaking after the meeting with Gennady Gatilov, a spokesman for the Syrian High Negotiations Committee (HNC), Salim al-Muslat, told reporters: “The discussion had two aspects: political and humanitarian. We talked about our concerns to push this process forward.”