The Syrian government has rejected Kurdish autonomy to be included in a new draft constitution for the country being written by Russia.

Article 40 in the draft constitution called for decentralized “people’s societies”.

“The Kurdish cultural self-ruling systems and its organizations use both the Arabic and Kurdish languages equally,” the draft reads.

The Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), however are refusing to budge that federalism can be the only solution.

The Syrian government has rejected local autonomy or recognition of the Kurdish language on an equal level to Arabic.

The difficulty would also mean that other minority languages would also need to be recognized including Greek, Aramaic, Turkish and many others that the PYD have not advocated for.

According to the Syrian state media, during the Syrian peace talks in Astana last week, the Syrian government envoy Bashar Jaafari, said that the issue of federalism would be decided “by all Syrians and not decided unilaterally by a single component,” adding that all ideas “even one as crazy as federalism, must be put to a democratic vote”

“It’s completely unacceptable for a group of people to decide to create a statelet and call it federalism,” Jaafari continued.

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The suggestion comes from Russia that is a democratic country with the cultural pluralism that is proposed in the draft constitution. So the Russians know what they are talking about. Rejecting is plain dumb or at least Arab parochialism. The Syrian government wants to build consent after a foreign sponsored civil war. Minority rights are one way to it. And a way to get another non authoritarian profile that especially the armed opposition lacks.

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The Kurds want to take the oil fields for themselves. Use the money from it to build up their military and then permanently split throwing out any one living there that isn’t a Kurd. Look to Iraq to see what is coming.

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Better they than Erdogan. They are at least natives and Syrians.

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Russia is setting the stage for Syria to be divided as the Americans did in Iraq. There can be decentralization and some ‘language’ autonomy as long as it does not divide the country along ethnic and religious lines.
I hope this is not coordinated with US and Israel for the long-term plan to create ethnic and religious states in the region to justify the ‘Jewishness’ of Israel. I hope Russia revisited its plans and ensure that Syria keeps united as a society (most improtant) and country

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Nope, Russia is simply a federal state too with MANY minorities so they know how it works! “to justify the ‘Jewishness’ of Israel” => Israelis don’t give a f**k of what Arabs are doing as long as they’re not under attack! Moreover, even Coran says the country belongs to the Jews, now, Israel ain’t a religious state : it’s absolutely secular. The Jews are a people. Many of them are atheists, you even have Christian Jews who are badly seen by the Haredi minority, you know, the religious extremists who are anti-zionists and a pain in the a*s of Israel… Read more »

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=> Israel ain’t a religious state : it’s absolutely secular. => Nope was. The ultra orthodox have been given to much sway.

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Israel is not a secular state. Non jews are not allowed to purchase land on Israel proper. and the occupied territories are all under military governance since 1967.They had just voted circa 14 months ago to change its status to a JEWISH STATE hence nufin secular bout it. It also states that non jews cannot be head of STATE IE: President.
Post Sriptum :Israel is a racist apartheid state.
The Kurds have been infiltrated by Zionist going way back to the 70’s. Iraqi Kurds in particular. It’s a zionist ploy to divide and conquer.

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I wrote it was, didn’t I? BTW. AFAIK You cannot become Syrian President if You are Christian or Jew. Most Jews property and all possessions were taken in Muslim Arab countries after 1948. And the Kurds are treated as scum by Arabs anyway since before the 70ies or 1948. Now the out-dogs have joined. The Arabs made that, didn’t they? p.s. So I do not understand what are You complaining about?

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Furat For that best for Syria to embrace them now. Alsatians are French nationals German speaking – they consider themselves French – because they have the same rights.

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@Furat The draft has safeguards against splitting up Iraq style. Russia has experience – Russia is a multi ethnic country. The US English have suppressed all other ethnic groups that made their country great. They do only know a single language country & have split Iraq in two.

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…..and how many languages enjoy equal status to Russian in the Russian Federation?

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@ozybrum AFAIK none. Russian is used for administration and higher education. But locally and regionally language and culture of national minorities is supported and facilitated not suppressed. AFAIK article 68.3 of the Russian constitution allows schooling in the local language besides Russian. That is why the draft constitution is worded like it is. p.s. Russia has about 100 minority languages.

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Yes the Syrian Kurds can continue as they always have as free citizens of Syria. Syria for Syrians.

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My name is Zeus and from time immemorial we’ve resided in the great Syria and lived and loved and fought many epic battles.. However we speak Greek & we want our own state. My neighbor wanted to say something as well. Yes, I am his neighbor and my name is Ercatan. I am from Turkey but I reside in Syria and assert my right not to incriminate myself so will not be discussing battles and what sides we helped.. But, to get to the point, we speak Turkish and want our own state within the great Sourya! ??? *Jaafari, Syria,… Read more »

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This article’s heading is complete bunk,and the article itself is ill conceived. The Syrian government is fully aware of the draft document which was jointly developed with the Russians. The so called autonomous communities the writer mentioned, have been approved as points of discussion in Geneva.

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Russians have been patronizing Syria, haven’t they? They would love to get of hook I mean sanctions. It seems like Mr Putin would like to have another “Yalta”.

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Assad said in a speech last week that _Iran_ is Syria’s closest partner and has stood with Syria like a friend since the foreign mercenaries began the “revolution” in 2011. With Russia in the spotlight I think it is significant that he made a point to mention Iran. Russia is acting like it owns Syria and as a large power it has a certain arrogance of the powerful. Russia is primarily in this for Russia let’s not forget. It just happens that Russia and Syria both share an interest in keeping America/Israel/GCC from dominating the region. Splitting up Syria is… Read more »

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En cuanto a lenguas y costumbres, cito un ejemplo de un país en América del Sur, antes solo se llamaba “Bolivia” ahora se llama “Pluri Nacional de Bolivia”… El gobierno Sirio a cedido a los caprichos de Erdogan.

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“The Syrian government has rejected Kurdish autonomy to be included in a new draft constitution for the country being written by Russia.” => Little problem! Syrian govt mostly let them down during the 2014 Daesh Bitzkrieg. They’re ALREADY autonomous! If the Syrian govt thinks that PYD will accept Baath rule again, they’re simply dreaming! Remember that the concept of Baath party is an Arab mix of Nationalism and Socialism… Nazional-Zozialist in German… Guess who funded the Arab nationalism until 1945, you’ll soon understand why they were (and still are) anti-Israelis, LOL : the most prominent Arab leader after WW2 was… Read more »

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You are right – it will be hard to reunite YPD areas with Syria forcefully. They did not side with the terrorists. There can be no justification. Except that You want to join Erdogan in their genocide. Only Kurdish withholding non Kurdish settled oil and gas areas from federal control can cause problems and justify action. Note the Federal government here Syrian central government not federal areas here West Kurdistan own such assets. Russia will likely support a form of federation. BTW. I told You before in this forum/comment section: Amin al-Husseini was great Mufti of Jerusalem not German SS… Read more »

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“It’s completely unacceptable for a group of people to decide to create a statelet and call it federalism” – they can do what they want. They live there, they’ve been abused by the Syrian dictatorship since it began, and they beat ISIS to claim their freedom. Assad can f*** himself, his day is run.

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They beat ISIS? The SAA beat ISIS. And for your information, the majority of the SDF consists of Arabs, which is what the USA fails to see. These people will never stand behind a sovereign Kurdish state. Stop watching CNN and do some actual research.

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@AmericaIsEvil The SAA was occupied by the Fiends of Syria backed not so moderate murderers – While the Kurds and Arab allies had free hands to take most IS held territories and beat IS.
p.s. It is just recent that the SAA has gained strength, time and will to fight IS.

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My name is Zeus and from time immemorial we’ve resided in the great Syria and lived and loved and fought many epic battles.. However we speak Greek & we want our own state. My neighbor wanted to say something as well. Yes, I am his neighbor and my name is Ercatan. I am from Turkey but I reside in Syria and assert my right not to incriminate myself so will not be discussing battles and what sides we helped.. But, to get to the point, we speak Turkish and want our own state within the great Sourya! ??? *Jaafari, Syria,… Read more »

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@Faith My name is Stern Daler and Yours is a double post. Greeks have their own state – so have Turkmens. We speak about cultural federalism. Because that is what the Russians who come from a multi ethnic country and know how it is done and what it means wrote that into the draft constitution. They also put the safeguard against splitting up in.

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no pete, you can go f**k yourself! Syria is a single country, it should not be divided! I like the kurds, but if they insist on this issue, there will be another war…

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=> “It’s completely unacceptable for a group of people to decide to create a statelet and call it federalism” => The person speaking does not know his countries history. Just because France and Britain have failed – because of their colonial interests – to create federal statelets this does not mean it must stay so. Cultural pluralism in education and using a second language at a local or provincial level is not the end of Arabic at the national level. It’s completely unacceptable for the majority to decide about minority rights. Doing so is the political level of IS and… Read more »