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Rojava welcomes Russian initiative for dialogue with Syrian regime

  2021-07-04  | 
 Zhyan News Network
A Kurdish woman looks at US and Russian soldiers in the northeastern Syrian town of Malikiyah, Hasakah, June 3, 2020. Photo by AFP
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Kurdish-backed Autonomous Administration of North east Syria on Saturday (July 3) welcomed an initiative by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov a day before about facilitation of dialogue with the Syrian regime, accusing the Syrian government led by President Bashar al-Assad of the current impasse. 

On Friday, Lavrov said that Moscow is ready to facilitate dialogue between Damascus and the Syrian Kurds provided that both sides stick to coherent positions, reported by Russia state-run Tass News Agency. 

“The Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria has affirmed from the beginning that the crisis in Syria can only be resolved through Syrian-Syrian dialogue and understanding,” the AANES said in a statement.

Since mid-March 2011, Syria has been thrown into multi-sided civil war. The unrest in the country broke out as part of the wider Arab Spring protests that toppled several despots in the Middle East and North Africa. 

The Syrian crisis grew out of discontent with the Syrian government and escalated to an armed conflict after protests calling for Assad’s removal, but the protests were violently quashed that led to multitude of foreign interventions and the formation of several armed group.

With the backing of Russia, Syria has currently clawed back two thirds of Syria to its reign.  

The Kurds were able to retake around one third of the predominantly-Kurdish areas in northern Syria, known as Rojava, and installed a relatively independent authority. Nevertheless, the Kurdish and the Syrian regime have not considerably clashed with one another since the civil war erupted. 

Some areas like Hasakah, Deir Ezzor provinces and Raqqa’s Kobani city and Aleppo’s Manbij are jointly run by the Kurds and the Syrian regime. 

“One of its most important aspects is that the Syrian regime does not accept the reality of change in Syria, and adheres to the same mentality that led to this crisis and Syrian suffering. Therefore, the regime does not engage in serious dialogue with any of the Syrian parties, not only the Autonomous Administration,” the AANES said.

It hoped Russia will play a positive role in this dialogue, noting it has held several negotiations with the Syrian regime, but they were unproductive.

“Russia knows that the reason for its failure is the Syrian regime with its insistence on returning things to the way they were before the Syrian crisis, in addition to the fact that all the practices of the Syrian regime are not commensurate with the efforts of dialogue,” read the AANES statement, accusing the Syrian government of “lack of seriousness and its desire for a solution.”

"We are ready to encourage contacts and consultations but the sides need to have coherent positions," Lavros said in the Friday’s statement, accusing the US of sparking separatism in Syria. 

"I hope very much that those Kurds, who are interested in normalizing relations with Damascus, understand the provocative nature and see a big danger here," he noted.

Since 2016, Turkey has occupied large swathes of land from the Kurdish forces in three infamous operations with the backing of the Syrian proxies.

After approximately ten years of war, Syria is in the throes of a deep economic crisis amid a collapsing currency and skyrocketing inflation. However, fighting has largely ceased.

Since 2015, an UN-led constitutional committee not including the Kurds, has been formed but failed to draw up a new constitution leading to UN-supervised elections.

Dubbed Syrian Constitutional Committee, it comprises representatives of Syria’s government, Turkey-backed opposition and civil society.

(Zhyan English)