Russia Will Not Allow Exclusion of Kurds From Syrian Peace Talks

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Russia will not allow certain participants of the intra-Syrian talks in Geneva to exclude Kurds from participating, Russia’s envoy to the UN Office in Geneva Alexey Borodavkin said Friday.

GENEVA (Sputnik)¬†‚ÄĒ The Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) has not been invited by¬†the United Nations to¬†the talks. The Kurdish party accused Ankara of¬†throwing its weight behind¬†the UN decision.

“The Syrian opposition that met in¬†Moscow and Cairo insists that the opposition delegation should include Syrian Kurds. There are difficulties in¬†this regard. Some members of¬†the Vienna format oppose this,” Borodavkin told reporters.

According to¬†the Russian diplomat, none of¬†the issues on¬†the agenda for¬†the upcoming talks could be discussed without¬†Kurds. The Kurdish delegation’s participation in¬†the talks is still being coordinated, he noted.



“This is not a constructive position and we should not give in¬†to such blackmail,” he added.

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.The Syrian Kurds are among¬†those who put up¬†resistance to¬†terrorist groups fighting in¬†the country. But Ankara, a key regional player, has been opposed to¬†involvement of¬†the PYD in¬†Geneva talks, claiming it is linked to¬†the pro-independence Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militant movement, which is active in¬†southeastern Turkey and considered a terrorist organization by¬†Ankara.

Earlier this month, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the intra-Syrian reconciliation talks would fail to reach a political settlement unless the Syrian Kurds were allowed to participate.

 

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