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Syrian Kurdish PYD need to be represented at Geneva talks, says Russia's Lavrov

By Rudaw 28/4/2016
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. AP Photo.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. AP Photo.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov again insisted on Thursday that the Syrian Kurds should be invited to the peace talks at Geneva.

It is important, Lavrov said, to have "a stable and direct character of intra-Syrian dialogue" which gives the negotiations "a truly representative character."

"In particular, we consider it absolutely necessary to invite the leadership of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party [PYD] to participate in the Geneva talks," Lavrov added according to Russia's Sputnik news.

The Russian Foreign Minister made the remarks at the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA).

Turkey has been adamantly opposed to any participation by the PYD in Syrian talks arguing that it is closely linked with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and should consequently be excluded from both the Geneva talks and the ceasefire in Syria like Jabhat al-Nusra and Islamic State (ISIS) have been.

The PYD, and the Peoples Protection Units (YPG), have, however, proven to be a valuable asset for the US in Syria in its ongoing war against ISIS. 

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Muraz Adzhoev | 28/4/2016
"In particular, we consider it absolutely necessary to invite the leadership of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party [PYD] to participate in the Geneva talks," Lavrov added. The leadership of PYD, in particular its co-chairman Muslim during the recent press-conference in Moscow said and stressed that YPG is not PYD's armed wing and is not under the party's political control and management. If PYD leadership wants to represent the Kurds, then why they have never announced the number of supporters among the people of Western Kurdistan - hundreds of thousands or millions of the Kurdish refugees? YPG leaders should have nothing to do with PYD leadership that purposefully separated from the Kurdish National Council of Western Kurdistan. YPG and Peshmerga forces of Western Kurdistan are obliged, must unite immediately to defeat terrorists and all enemies, to defend the homeland and protect the people and all communities of Kurdistan.
FAUthman | 29/4/2016
Lavrov will win and Turkey (Erdogan) will lose! PYD speaks for SDA and SDF (Syria Democratic Assembly/Forces which are not only Kurds) No way can their voice be denied in a hearing in Geneva for a comprehensive resolution of the Syria conflict!
kurt basar | 29/4/2016
Definitely and with out any questions, and the civilized world should stop this Hitler wannabe the Turkish terrorist state president, who is Tyrant, burning the poor Kurd's alive & confiscated their homes, protector, trainer & exporters of the of the Muslim terrorists and enemy of the western culture, for the world peace
qalla | 29/4/2016
Was it really necessary to ruin Erdogan's evening like that Mr. Lavrov? he'll be be throwing up all night now thanks to you! :)
Biji Kurdistan | 29/4/2016
Funny how Russia shows more support for Syrian Kurds inclusion, than the KRG does. How long has the Rojava-KRG border been closed? and for what reasons?

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