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Syria’s man at Geneva talks warns Kurds to forget about claiming self-rule

By Rudaw 31/1/2016
Syria's permanent representative at the United Nations Bashar al-Jaafari. AFP File Photo
Syria's permanent representative at the United Nations Bashar al-Jaafari. AFP File Photo
GENEVA, Switzerland – The representative of the Syrian regime at peace talks in Geneva told Rudaw that Damascus would show zero tolerance for any claim of federation or autonomy by the country’s Kurdish minority.

Bashar Jaafari, Syria’s UN envoy and its top man at the Geneva peace talks, ruled out the idea of federalism as an option for governing post-war Syria.

“Take the idea of separating Syrian land out of your mind,” he said, adding that “anyone thinking of departing Syria” should be cured of the illusion.

“We have said before our theme for these talks is Syrians in Syria and our precondition is to protect the unity of the land and Syrian nation,” Jaafari said. “It is to protect sovereignty of Syria. This is very clear and we have this principle in all the 13 decisions discussed by the Security Council.”

Syria’s Kurdish region, or Rojava, has been a de facto autonomous region in the country’s north since 2013, when the Kurdish PYD group that governs it declared self-rule.

The meeting in Geneva is another attempt by the UN to bring a resolution to the nearly five-year Syrian civil war and alleviate the impact of the government’s bombing and blockades that are starving Syrian civilians.

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Brzoo Kurdi
Brzoo Kurdi | 31/1/2016
it is easier to imagine a fish can live without water ,than to imagine Syria will ever go back to where it was , the Kurds and their autonomy is the smallest problem Assad has ,his problem is far more deeper than this stupid guy in the photo thinks....it is possible to see a cow to fly,but it is not possible to see Sunni and Shiite to live together .he is the one who really need to get in touch with reality .
Muraz Adzhoev | 31/1/2016
Western Kurdistan actually has never been "a de-facto autonomous region". So called "democratic cantons" in fact have divided the region in order to preserve state unity and territorial integrity of failing Syria. Damascus is against true autonomy of Western Kurdistan region within really new federative Syria, because the regime knows that federalism leads to the end of this artificial country. Iraq is the appropriate evidence. So, there is no way out for the Kurds, but to integrate Southern and Western Kurdistan and establish sovereign federative democratic Kurdistan. The Kurds have nothing to do with talks on Syria. The Kurds have there own separate agenda - self-determined independence from deadly failed Iraq and Syria and establishment of sovereign statehood.
James Parker
James Parker | 31/1/2016
I would be careful if I where him. The YPG could easily kick the government out of Qamishli and the handful of other area's the government still controls in the North.
manou | 31/1/2016
it will take centries for arabs and turcs to pass from childhood to adulthood .if it ever happens . this creature talks like erdogan they have learned nothing .he himself is in illusion to think that he and assad can still decide . unbelievabable how they have stayed in childhood . no shame no decency whatsoever . syria is in ruin already a shadow of itself and he says no autonomy , no federation , yes dictatorship like nothing has ever happened .keep hammering untill it gets through no progress can happen for kurds unless they distance themselves from islam . and i say daesh is criminel but assad and erdogan regimes are worse than daesh .
Kas | 31/1/2016
Kurds should always keep in mind ( NO Muslim state and NO Muslim politician will ever recognize Kurdish rights ). Islam is Kurdish main enemy!
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