Al-Raqqa, Syria, Dec. 27, 2018. Elizabeth Kauriyah, the vice president of the Autonomous Administration's executive council, gives an interview, saying, "After eight years of bloodshed in Syria, and after we paid dearly in the Syrian crisis, our project is to build a new, democratic Syria on grounds of active citizenship, equality, social justice, and the representation of all components of the Syrian people. Our project poses a threat to several local, regional, and international parties that do not want our project to see the light of day. One of the parties standing against our project is Turkey, which attempts to strike us by direct threats, allowing the Islamic State and other terrorist groups to enter Syria through Turkey, creating strife between different components of the Syrian people, and lastly by occupying parts of Syria to change them demographically. The Autonomous Administration controls a safe territory that hosts a large number of people displaced from other Syrian areas affected by war. In the Autonomous Administration, we have always known that international forces will eventually withdraw from Syria, but in my opinion, President Trump's decision to pull out the US forces from Syria was rash and wrong; terrorism is a threat to the entire world and all countries must contribute to the elimination of the Islamic State."
The interviewer asks, "The Autonomous Administration held meetings with several parties. What were the outcomes of these meetings?"
Kauriyah answers, "The Autonomous Administration sent several delegations to meet with the Syrian government, Russia, France, and other Western countries to discuss our project and open a dialogue with the different parties to combine our efforts to eliminate terrorism and build a democratic country with a constitution that will lead us to a diplomatic solution in Syria. Erdogan is threatening a military escalation to block us from reaching a diplomatic solution."
The interviewer asks, "Earlier, the Syrian government forces sent reinforcements to the Manbij area, and Russia announced that it will deploy soldiers to the border with Turkey. What did the meetings with the Syrian government and Russia result in?"
Kauriyah answers, "Talks with Russia and the Syrian government have always been active. The Syrian government's duty is to protect Syrian sovereignty, as is our duty too. Therefore, we must all unite to defend our border against any occupation that threatens our land."
The interviewer asks, "What were the demands of the Syrian government in your meetings?"
Kauriyah answers, "We both have to fight terrorism together now, and face the terrorist Erdogan. In my opinion, the solution must be a Syrian-Syrian solution, with no intervention from foreign powers."