Excluding Kurds From Syria Peace Talks Recipe for ‘Permanent War’

Sputnik – Middle East

The Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) has not been invited by the United Nations to the talks between the Syrian government and the opposition that are scheduled to begin in Geneva, Switzerland on Friday. The Kurdish party accused Ankara of throwing its weight behind the UN decision.

“Unless you are for a permanent war, you would want to accommodate the Kurds and invite them to the [Syrian] peace talks,” Xulam said on Wednesday. “As to the party that doesn’t want them in Geneva, namely Turkey, they cannot maintain a state of war with the Kurds the way they did with the Armenians 100 years ago.”

Xulam added that the Kurds want peace, but peace requires the participation of the group’s respective interlocutor in negotiations.

“As things stand, [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan and his cronies insist on the course of war directly as well as through the proxies,” Xulam explained. “Like all wars, their war too will come to an end.”

Xulam added that the Kurds are way too many, 30 to 40 million, and better connected if Ankara tries to apply the Armenian solution to the Kurdish question.

The love Kurds feel for their emancipation struggle is stronger than the hate some Turks feel toward it, Xulam claimed.

On Tuesday, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon accused Turkey of sponsoring terrorism by buying oil from Daesh terrorist group. Moreover, Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos said that Turkey was a major conduit for terrorist oil and money flows to and from Syria hampering international efforts to fight effectively Daesh threat.

The Islamic State, also known as Daesh, is a designated terrorist group outlawed in the United States and Russia as well as in numerous other countries.

On Wednesday, a PYD representative said the Syrian Kurds will not recognize the outcome of the upcoming intra-Syrian negotiations in Geneva as the talks will be held without their participation.

Syrian Kurds Not to Recognize Outcome of Geneva Talks

Abd Salam Ali, the Kurdish Democratic Union Party’s representative to Russia, said that Syrian Kurds did not receive an invitation to take part in the negotiations, while terrorists did.

Sputnik – Middle East

Syrian Kurds will not recognize the outcome of the upcoming intra-Syrian negotiations in Geneva as the talks will be held without their participation, a representative of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) said Wednesday.

PYD has not been invited by the United Nations to the talks between the Syrian government and the opposition that are scheduled to begin in Switzerland on Friday. The Kurdish party accused Ankara of throwing its weight behind the UN decision.

“Syrian Kurds did not receive an invitation to take part in the negotiations, while terrorists did. For example, the groups Ahrar ash-Sham and Jaysh al-Islam will be represented — the very groups that fired missiles at the Russian Embassy in Damascus,” Abd Salam Ali, the Kurdish Democratic Union Party’s representative to Russia, told RIA Novosti.

The Syrian Kurds have been supporting Damascus in the fight against the Islamic State, also known as Daesh, and the Nusra Front jihadist groups, both of which are outlawed in Russia and many other countries, for several years.

“They received an invitation, they will be represented, while the Kurds who have fought against these groups and the Islamic State for five years are not invited,” he added.

Syria has been in a state of civil war since 2011, with the country’s government fighting a number of opposition factions and radical Islamist groups.

The UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2254 on Syria’s civil war settlement on December 18, which calls for an immediate ceasefire and defines a January deadline for UN-facilitated peace talks to commence.


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