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Russia, US: Kurds must be part of unified Syria

By Rudaw 27/8/2016
US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (R) in Geneva on Friday to discuss a ceasefire in Syria. Photo: Martial Trezzini/AFP
US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (R) in Geneva on Friday to discuss a ceasefire in Syria. Photo: Martial Trezzini/AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region— Kurds must remain part of a unified Syria and will be a factor in resolving Syria’s crisis, agreed top diplomats from Russia and the US. 

“Kurds must remain a part of the Syrian state, part of resolving the problem, and not a factor that will be used to split Syria apart,” said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Friday. 

US Secretary of State John Kerry echoed the sentiment, saying “We are for a unified Syria. We do not support an independent Kurd initiative.”

Kerry added that US forces are cooperating with “a component” of Kurdish forces on a limited basis and in “close cooperation” with Turkey. 

Kerry and Lavrov made their comments after a day-long meeting in Geneva on Friday where they discussed a new ceasefire in Syria. They agreed on the majority of issues but failed to reach a final deal as a few points remained unresolved.  

“Today I can say that we achieved clarity on the path forward,” said Kerry. The two top priorities, he detailed, are addressing the increasing influence of the Fateh al-Sham Front, formerly the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, and responding to violations of ceasefires by Damascus. 

“We are close,” Kerry said. “But we are not going to rush to an agreement until it satisfies fully the needs of the Syrian people.”

Lavrov commented that “very important steps” towards a cessation of hostilities in Syria were made during the meeting and hailed an improvement in relations between the two. 

“We have continued our efforts to reduce the areas where we lack understanding and trust, which in an achievement,” Lavrov said. “The mutual trust is growing with every meeting.”

UN envoy Staffan de Mistura joined the two diplomats briefly to discuss the negotiations for a political resolution to the conflict. Earlier in the summer, de Mistura had said he was hopeful that all parties would return to the table by the end of August to resume negotiations. 

American and Russian representatives will continue to meet in Geneva over the coming days with the aim of hammering out a solid resolution. 

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American | 27/8/2016
A bunch of foreign white leaders determining what governments and borders Kurds have to like under in their own ancestral homeland to keep Turks and Arabs happy...
Hoshyar Zaxoy | 27/8/2016
We Kurds want full freedom from the hostile neighbours from hell imposed on us and behaving like occupiers. It is not just kurds that want separation but those hostile armies and police can't but behave as occupiers. If it is unrealistic to have free unified Kurdistan then equally it is unrealistic that we will over stop our liberation struggle. So wake up Turks, Arabs and Faris and be wise and get out of that filthy skin.
Kurdo | 27/8/2016
To all Kurds, we have been sold out by US. Open your eyes and understand that we are about to lose another chance. Turks did play their card well and we have been sold out. Now I think I understand what Mr. Barzani meant after his meating with kErdogan, US forced him to accept the attack on Rojava. US cannot be trusted and we have to do all we can to be united. Kurdish political parties have to meet and make a plan ASAP, because we are about to lose all we have. Obama admin. with Joe Biden have sold out Kurds, thats what all agree on. When Mr. Barzani said major changes under way he didn't mean any positive changes for us.
The Kurdish Boy | 27/8/2016
Curse on them.They side with Turkey ,with Arabs and with Persian against the brave Kurds after they were used as cheep and worthless soldiers to defeat the I.S. ...It is cruel treason.
As usual | 27/8/2016
As usual the Russian wins. US lacks the resolve to get involve in Syria thereby giving the Russian advantage to stand firm as they know US is not doing anything. They have to please turkey who are making use of US and buggering them about. US and Europe don't need turkey. Dump turkey now.

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