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Turkey, Russia, Iran reiterate opposition to Kurdish self-rule in NE Syria

  2021-07-09  | 
 Zhyan News Network
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SULAIMANI – Russia, Turkey and Iran said on Thursday (July 8) that they reject the Kurdish-led self-ruling in northeast Syria during a new round tripartite meeting in Kazakhstan’s Nur al-Sultan. 

They “rejected all attempts to create new realities on the ground, including illegitimate self-rule initiatives under the pretext of combating terrorism,” they said in a joint statement, referring to the US-led Coalition mission in northeast of Syria to combat Islamic State (ISIS) militants.

Russia and Iran have staunchly supported Syrian President Bashar Assad throughout the country's civil war, while Turkey has backed his foes. However, the four countries are united when comes to stand up against the Kurdish-led self-ruling in northeast of Syria known as Rojava with the backing of the US and several European countries. 

They “reaffirmed their determination to stand against separatist agendas in the east of the Euphrates aimed at undermining the unity of Syria as well as threatening the national security of neighboring countries.”

The trio has held several rounds of trilateral meetings in Astana (Nur-Sultan) and Sochi in Russia for talks and cooperation in mutual concerns on Syria. 

The Kurds have established a self-ruling governance in northeast of Syria since the country was thrown into disarray in 2011.

The Kurdish-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) was the backbone of the US-led anti-ISIS coalition that helped recaptured the ISIS-occupied areas.

Now the Kurdish self-rule known as Autonomous Administration of Northeast Syria control almost a third of the Syrian territories and is in charge of the most of the oilfields in Syria. 

The three also “reiterated their opposition to the illegal seizure and transfer of oil revenues that should belong to the Syrian Arab Republic," read the statement. 

On July 3, the AANES 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. 

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

Turkey fears any Kurdish self-rule may spur its Kurdish population to rise up for the same purpose.

Kurds is one of the largest non-state nation around the world, divided notoriously among Syria, Iraq, Turkey and Iran earlier in the last century after the collapse of the Ottomans empire. 

(Zhyan English)