PYD supporters in Qamishli protest the exclusion of the Syrian Kurds from Geneva peace talks on February 4, 2016. (Photo by AFP/Delil Souleiman)

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:00 PM) – The Kurdish movement in Syria are only calling for a federalization of the Syrian Arab Republic, and is not looking for a partition of the country or an independent Syrian Kurdistan. This was said by recently elected co-chairman of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) Shahoz Hassan in an interview with Sputnik Turkiye.

“We are open for a dialogue with the central government. We do not want the partition of Syria, do not harbor plans of separating from the country and do not want to set up an independent Kurdistan. Such rumors are not true,” Hassan stated.

The PYD Chairman furthermore said that he considered the Syrian government’s declaration to be open to negotiations on the matter, as “late in coming”.

In September, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem had declared that “This topic [limited Kurdish autonomy in northern Syria] is open to negotiation and discussion and when we are done eliminating Daesh (ISIS) we can sit with our Kurdish counterparts and reach an understanding on a formula for the future.”

Commenting further on the conflict with ISIS that has been dragging on for six years now, Hassan stressed the importance of the Russian Federation in negotiations for the future.

“We think that Russia’s statements that any talks in Geneva or any other negotiation process are ineffective without Kurdish participation are very important. Russia can facilitate the settlement of the conflict, ensure that Kurds are invited. This could largely contribute to the settlement of the crisis and find a democratic, peaceful and political solution,” he said.

Regarding cooperation and coordination with the United States, Shahoz Hassan said that while there are regular meetings between US representatives and officers of the SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces, an armed alliance that consists mostly out of Kurdish fighters tied to the PYD), the level of coordination and cooperation between the two is far from the level desired by the Kurds.

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Recently, the SDF has liberated the former ISIS “capital” of Raqqa from terrorist control, but at a terrible cost of civilian casualties and damage to the city that was mostly caused by continuous US aerial bombing raids.

Finally, regarding the September 25 referendum on the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan, the PYD Chairman stated that while he supports Erbil’s right to organise such a plebiscite, it should have been done with better preparation and inclusion of several political forces.

“There should have been the opening of the parliament, the referendum should have been held when political and other issues were already solved. Yes, the Majlis was opened several days before the referendum, but not all of the parties had been invited. The process should have been more democratic, involving all the parties.”

Shahoz Hassan concluded however by saying that despite the fact that the relations between the PYD and the Iraqi Kurdish government of Masoud Barzani are far from good, the Syrian Kurds will continue to trade and provide aid to the Iraqi Kurdish region even if countries such as Iran, Turkey and Iraq were to decide to impose an embargo on the region.

 

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Deo Cass
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These are the same words that Barzani uttered in 2003 soon after the US/UK aggression and invasion of Iraq. While the words of the Americans cannot be relied upon, those of the Kurds are even more so and have to be interpreted to mean the opposite. What the Kurds want, is what the Americans and the Zionists want. A Syria which is totally under US/Zionist colonial imperialist domination. If the Syrian people refuse this imposition, then the US, (not the Kurds because they are nothing more than US/Zionist puppets and parrots) will create another North and South country situation. Like… Read more »
Pete
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Racist gibberish, and you’ve gotten your countries mixed up.

igor
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go back to Jerusalem Post. Dont stink here, dear Pete.

Assadstays
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Pete. Racism is the belief that ALL members of a specific race share qualities or character attributes that separate them from other races.
Berlin isn’t a country pete. and it’s NOT racist gibberish. it’s fact.
your jihadi supporting, yid tricks don’t work here. You’re probably an MI6 officer.

Malkiel
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It is better to be a racist than to be an idiot. 🙂

LidMad88
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Kurds are not a race lol

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Why should Syria have attempted to make deals with traitors before this? The Kurds are ready for dialog now (now that they’ve seen what happened in Iraq) and it’s Syria’s fault for not engaging with them before? Do they mean while they were attacking the SAA and declaring they will not give up Raqqah? When they stood with the US, colluded with ISIS and said that the SAA cannot cross the Eurphrates? When they dump the US/NATO cabal, then they will have some credibility, not until. As long as they do the bidding of the Zionist criminals, why would anyone… Read more »
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hmmm, interesting, looks like the syrian kurds, or at least some of them have no desire to carve up the country. a potential wrench in the Americans hands who want to use SDF territory as a bargaining chip. they’ll want some autonomy but at least there not running off with the oil rich regions like barzani’s thugs!

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The countries surrounding a land locked wannabe Kurdistan have made the declaration that “there will not be another (zionist) state allowed in the ME”. The Syrian Kurds (maybe not the common citizens) still talk with forked tongue. With such statements by the SFD (pyd controlled) that they will not allow the Syrian Armed Forces to cross the Euphrates or into the city of Raqqa betrays modus operandi and a vassal state of Empire. Notice the last paragraph in the article; “Shahoz Hassan concluded however by saying that despite the fact that the relations between the PYD and the Iraqi Kurdish… Read more »
igor
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who would trust a zio and CIA bitches?

Dank for Kopfz
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They’re actually being reasonable. Syria should meet them halfway.

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Only if the Kurds withdraw their support for any armed forces or quasi political NGO’s within that part of Syria that do not have the approval of the elected Syrian government to be there. A government that has always included Kurdish opinions and representatives.

Pete
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There is no “elected Syrian government”. The only political structure in Syria based on actual democracy in the MSD of the federation of northern Syria, represented by the SDF.

“A government that has always included Kurdish opinions and representatives” ??? Have you been living on Mars? You’re talking about the millions of Kurds forbidden to vote and denied citizenship, yes?

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Yes, this is the US/MSM version of reality…not actual reality. The Kurds in Syria are refugees…not indigenous, they have no homeland in Syria. They were also not oppressed, which is the reason they came to Syria. Then they had to crawl in bed with the Zionists, start spewing manure like you are and now expect to be respected? They need to return to the areas that they were living in, relinquish land they have occupied and quit making unreasonable requests. Maybe then they can be forgiven for doing the bidding of the western terrorists and live in peace like before… Read more »
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No “elected Syrian government”? Are you retarded or what?

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we’ve seen how the opportunistic kurds progressed with their land acquisition as the battle in iraq and syria went on in the early stages … after erbil, sinjar and a few more pockets nearby i thought they would stop and they did for a brief moment….then they became greedier with israel-usa by their side and thought why not the entire north of the euphrates … now it looks like it was more than they could chew; the fear of isolation looms large in their own neighborhood i.e. iraq, iran, syria and turkey are all quite frustrated with them… so its… Read more »
Pete
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All of this information has been fully public for the past 5 years. The Rojava revolution has NEVER been about partitioning Syria. It is about proper democracy, and getting rid of the scumbag dictator Asshat.

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Democracy means rule of the majority with the emphasis on the protection of minority/minorities. Without the protection of minority, there cannot be a democracy. Therefore, Assad’s government is a democratic government, by every definition of the word democracy, with legitimacy given to it by 88% of Syrian citizens. You are an ignorant fool, ”Pete”, who should learn some (international and constitutional) law and political science. Also, SDF is not democratic at all (they are discriminating Arabs and other ethnicities, Christians and other minorities) + majority of SDF members, including their commanders, are former (”former”) Da’esh fighters.

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the majority of rojava are kurds. fuck assad, fuck syria and hang all arabs

THOR
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Are you mad bro. 😀 😀
Good luck having your views you insecure little fuck 🙂

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