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Kurdish parties and Syrian Democratic Council are willing to negotiate with Syrian government “unconditionally”

Editing: Hasan Borhan |
TranslationEditor: Vera Halvorsen |
Translation: Nouha Salti
Publication date: 2018/06/09 11:30

Al-Hasakah - SMART

The Kurdish political parties and the International Coalition-backed Syrian Democratic Council declared that they are willing to negotiate with the Syrian government in Damascus "unconditionally." The declaration came after the parties and the Council met with the Syrian Democratic Front, which is considered a Syrian government-approved opposition body, in the city of al-Qamishli in al-Hasakah, Northeastern Syria.

The Syrian Democratic Front met with several political parties, most notably the Syrian Democratic Council and the Movement for a Democratic Society, in addition to Arab tribes, the Syriac Union Party and the Council of Churches.

On Friday, the General Secretary of the Democratic Front, Mahmoud Mor'ei, reported that all the parties they met with confirmed their willingness to start "Syrian-Syrian talks" and go to Damascus without any predetermined conditions.

Mor'ei added that the Front believes in "A political solution without foreign interference or predetermined conditions; a solution that can be reached in a conference in Damascus."

Mor'ei said that the Front did not bring any messages from the Syrian government to the parties in al-Qamishli, but the Front is ready to act as an intermediary between the two.

Mor'ei also said, "The responsiveness we witnessed from the Kurdish parties, the Arab tribes and all the other components of the al-Qamishli society is a sign that they are ready to start the political talks (…) and we see that the situation is positive and favorable for the Syrian Democratic Council and the Movement for a Democratic Society to start talks with the (Syrian government)."

In a press conference held under the Syrian government flag, Mor'ei said that the Front's visit to al-Qamishli achieved great results and joint agreements.

The Front's Spokeswoman, Mais Kreidi, said that they do not want to repeat the "experience of Afrin," which the Turkish Army and the Free Syrian Army gained control of, expelling the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to another area.

Kreidi called on the United States, which support the Syrian Democratic Council, to not interfere with the "Syrian affairs" and "leave the Syrians to decide on their own."

Kreidi said that the parties they met with in al-Qamishli did not have a problem with the raising of the Syrian government flag, adding, "We cheer for the national flag, support the National Army, and seek a change using democratic means."

Hekmat Habib, a member of the Syrian Democratic Council's presidential board, reported that the Council supports the idea of holding talks with the Syrian government in Damascus, al-Qamishli or any other Syrian city.

Habib expressed his opinion that the SDF and the Syrian government forces are the only two active powers in Syria, saying that the SDF control 30 percent of the country, and the Syrian government controls "vast areas" of it. Habib added, "Therefore, it is possible for us to sit at a negotiation table."

Habib also said that the Syrian Democratic Council has a patriotic plan, and that the council can negotiate with all Syrians, confirming that the Council "does not follow an American agenda and refuses all military manifestations after a political solution is applied in Syria, whether these manifestations are American, Turkish or Iranian."

The Syrian Democratic Council, which is the political extension of the SDF, aims for a decentralized governing system in Syria. The Council announced the establishment of a "federal governing system" in the areas it controls; a system that was rejected locally, regionally and internationally.

Habib added, "It is not that we accepted to negotiate with the Syrian government unconditionally (…) it is that we have a plan to discuss in order to become a democratic Syria."

Habib said that it is likely for the areas that the Council controls to return to the Syrian government after the talks and negotiations are done and a national army that includes the SDF is formed (…) under one constitutional roof, where a decentralized ruling system govern all Syrians."

Habib emphasized that "No one can tear out any part of the Syrian land," in an indication to accusations against the Council of seeking to secede from Syria instead of adhering to a federal system. Habib added, "This is not a Kurdish project (…) Yes, there are Kurds, but they are Syrians in the end, and they have the right to have a national plan."

Days earlier, the Head of the Syrian government, Bashar al-Assad, announce that he could seize the areas now controlled by the SDF, also saying that the Syrian government "started to open the doors for negotiating with the SDF." Al-Assad adde, "The (negotiation) is the primary option, and if it does not work, we will liberate those (SDF) areas by force (…) and the Americans will and must leave one way or another."