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Russia insists on Kurdish part in Syria peace talks as UN plans new round

By Rudaw 8/6/2016
Syria peace talks in Geneva, Switzerland, Jan 2016. Photo: AP
Syria peace talks in Geneva, Switzerland, Jan 2016. Photo: AP
NEW YORK—As the United Nations special envoy for Syria plans to resume the country’s peace talks in the coming weeks, Russia believes that the talks must reflect Syria’s different political and ethnic groups including the Kurds whom he says have been barred from the talks under pressure from Turkey.

“The important thing is ensuring the broad representative nature of Syrian opposition including Kurds from Party of Democratic Union,” Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin said this week. “This is openly obstacled by Turkey.”

Churkin called Ankara’s policy towards Syrian Kurds and the peace talks “selfish and destructive” and urged the European Union to resolve this issue by bearing pressure on Turkey.

The Russian ambassador stressed his call at a gathering of UN-EU officials earlier this week where he said the Kurds must be included in the Syria peace talks, as quoted by Sputnik news, “We expect our European partners to use their influence to resolve this and other urgent issues related to Ankara’s egotistic and destructive policy towards Syria,”

The UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura is planning the resumption of the Syria peace talks without setting a date. His renewed efforts for the resumption of peace talks indicate a recent increase in violence in Syria and reports of violation of the ceasefire.

De Mistura, briefed the UN Security Council this week, according to AP, where he "reiterated the need to see progress on the ground — particularly in reference to the cessation of hostilities and humanitarian access,”

A statement from de Mistura’s office said, “He briefed on his intention to start the next round of talks as soon as feasible but certainly not within the next two/three weeks,”

Federica Mogherini, High Representative of EU for Foreign & Security Policy believes that the condition on the ground has to be prepared once again for new peace talks and that the UN and EU are working to bear pressure on all parties to contribute to the cessation of hostilities and participation in the upcoming talks.

“Today the main issue is to create the condition on the ground that would allow Staffan de Mistura to re-convey the parties for serious meaningful talks in Geneva on the transition in Damascus,” Mogherini told Rudaw. “This is what we are putting pressure about and this is what we are trying to do, supporting the UN-led process; using our leverage, our influence, our encouragement, I would like to say with all different parties.”



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Kurd | 8/6/2016
Thankyou Russia.
Dutchman | 8/6/2016
Russia wants the YPG to be in their camp together with the Assad regime, Iran and Hezbollah. When the YPG really needed help, Assad and Putin refused to bomb ISIS in Kobani. But now that the YPG grew strong, with help of the US coalition, Putin wants to become friends ... for a while.
Obstacle | 8/6/2016
The Turk has placed obstacle not only on Russian proposal but American too for their own selfish reason. Put it simply, Turk create Daesh and wanted to make it difficult for Daesh to be defeated. Hence they refused to allow Kurd to join the three cantons. This allow Turk to continues to supply Daesh with weapon and trade. Turk= Daesh. QED
vian | 8/6/2016
why does turkey get to dictate which syrian group can participate or not? turkey is one of the main actors responsible for the mayhem in syria. Useless UN and spineless EU
Hejar | 8/6/2016
US and Russia are both supporters of Kurds because they know Kurds are rational people, not religious fanatics. The US has provided most of the support but is unable to do certain things because of regional politics, that's where Russia comes in. Turkey has been isolated because of their direct or indirect support for radical and racist groups and pressing them to fight Kurds instead of the terrorists. That was a huge miscalculation by Erdogan and he's been trying save face by continuing to ignorantly follow the same strategy. It chose a losing position from the start. Neither the US or Russia wants a strong Turkey with islamists taking control of the region. Kurds are in a position to achieve their goals but not all of them can be publicly supported by the major powers because of certain sensitivities but that doesn't mean they oppose Kurds doing it on their own. Bjit azadi u hemi hevalen azadiye.

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