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Russia: Kurds should be included in Geneva talks

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. AP file photo.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. AP file photo.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Peace talks on Syria rescheduled to begin in Geneva this week should include the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov argued on Tuesday.

According to Reuters, Lavrov said it would be both "unfair" and "counter-productive" not to include the Syrian Kurdish groups in the peace talks, scheduled for Friday.

He argued that it is impossible to reach a comprehensive peace agreement in Syria without the Kurds participating in such a process. 

The Syrian Kurds have been among the foremost forces on the ground in Syria to combat Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists. The United States has recognized this and has accordingly been giving them air support for over a year now. It has also air dropped small arms and ammunition to them. 

Turkey is against any inclusion of the PYD or its military wing, the YPG, at the talks. It welcomes non-PYD Kurdish participation.

While the PYD's armed wing, the Peoples Protection Units (YPG), have clashed with Syrian military forces under the command of President Bashar al-Assad it hasn't gone to war with his regime like many other armed groups in Syria have.

Instead it has sought first and foremost to consolidate its own territory and combat threats to it. 


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James Lambert | 26/1/2016
This is a pleasant surprise. Kurds SHOULD be included in the talks. Jim, US.
Muraz Adzhoev | 26/1/2016
PYD - a democratic union party or a party of democratic union with no "Kurdish" in its official name, ideology and political activity in Syria, in fact just like what happened with so called "pro-Kurdish" HDP in Turkey. Once again it should be stressed that PYD is pro-regime and has no political and legal authority to represent 2,5 million Kurds of Western Kurdistan in talks on Syria. Certainly the Kurds should and must participate and be appropriately represented as a single equal separate side in peace talks on problems of former Syria.
Dutchman | 26/1/2016
Kurds, stay away from Putin and Lavrov. If they find an opportunity, they will do exactly what they accused Erdogan: they put a knife in your back. In Holland we want those guys in jail for the murder on 300 men, women and children of flight MH-17.
Syrian | 26/1/2016
That's because the YPG is part of a terrorist group, just like ISIS. And all they care about is expansionism and ethnic cleansing. They are trying their absolute best to cleanse Wusta (and all of Qamishli for that fact) of anybody who is non Kurd. At least the establishment of SDF has put them in place though, YPG terrorists should be nothing more then cannon fodder...
Kurdistan | 26/1/2016
Of course Turkey is against Kurds in peacetalk, because Turkey is supporting Isis. Russia should give Turkey a slap again. Shame on Europe to accept Turkey and its ally Isis in Nato.

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