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Truce negotiations between Asayish, NDF come to standstill

  2021-04-25  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Internal Security Forces (Asayish) at al-Tay neighborhood in Qamishli, AANES, Syria, April 24,2021. Photo by Asayish Rojava
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Negotiations between the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) of the Autonomous Administration of North East Syria (AANES) and pro-regime forces brokered by Russia to put an end to days of armed clashes in Qamishli have reached an impasse, said a pro-Kurdish security agency.

Since Tuesday, the pro-SDF Internal Security Forces (Asayish) and pro-Syrian government National Defense Forces (NDF) militia groups have clashed in the Kurdish-majority city, more notably in al-Tay and Kilo neighborhoods, claiming several lives.

Asayish said in a statement that it would commit to a ceasefire brokered by Russia recently announced until 10:00 pm on Sunday due to violations on the Syrian government side.

“We are in the Internal Security Forces, as we affirm our commitment to our humanitarian principles,” it said, noting the continuation of the truce until the determined deadline to "complete the negotiations and develop a permanent solution for all mercenaries' abuses in what is called the national defense towards the people and towards our forces.”

Asayish took control of al-Tay from the NDF forces this week and photos circulated featuring the Asayish forces inside the area.

AANES-affiliated North Press Agency reported that the Russian officers accompanied by representatives of Asayish and Syrian government checking contact lines in al-Tay covered by the Russian air force.  

The Kurdish forces have largely distanced confrontation with the Syrian regime amid decades of civil war in Syria, but clashes occasionally happen between them in Qamishli and hasakah where there are relatively small offices of the regime. 

Qamishli outskirts are run by the the Kurdish-run AANES, but the Syrian government has a relatively small number of offices within the city, especially through the pro-regime militia in Hasakah and Qamishli cities.

The NDF is a paramilitary force that has been active in the Syrian conflict. Several of its commanders have been sanctioned by the United States for their role in persecuting civilians in the war-ravaged country.

(Zhyan English)