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Russia: Turkey threatens to stop Geneva talks if Kurds invited

By Majeed Gly 13/4/2016
Vitaly Churkin, Russian ambassador to the UN. Photo: AFP
Vitaly Churkin, Russian ambassador to the UN. Photo: AFP
NEW YORK — As a UN-brokered meeting about Syria starts today Russia says it has asked the UN envoy to invite the Kurds to the Geneva talks, adding that Turkey has threatened to disrupt the talks if the Kurds attend.

"They [Turkey] are threatening that they are going to make the talks impossible like blow up the whole situation if the Syrian Kurds are invited,” Russian ambassador to the UN Vitally Churkin told Rudaw.

Churkin added that however, that despite the objections Moscow has urged the UN special envoy to Syria Staffan De Mistura to extend an invitation to the Kurds.

“We raised - as some other delegations - the need to involve the Syrian Kurds into the discussions,” he said, following a closed-door Security Council meeting on Syria.

The Russian ambassador said that the response from the UN about inviting the Kurds to the Geneva talks has been lukewarm.

“Mr. De Mistura did confirm that it was an important aspect, but unfortunately his response that was coming to us did not lead me to believe that he is going to invite them [the Kurds] today or tomorrow,” Churkin said.

Some Syrian Kurdish groups attended the earlier rounds of peace talks in Geneva, but the Democratic Union Party (PYD) which is supported in the war against ISIS by both Russia and the United States was barred from the talks. Mainly due to opposition from Ankara.

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Muraz Adzhoev | 13/4/2016
“We raised - as some other delegations - the need to involve the Syrian Kurds into the discussions,” he said, following a closed-door Security Council meeting on Syria. It is well known that the absolute majority of the Syrian Kurds do not want to be represented by PYD. The political entity that is appropriately responsible and able to form an authorised Kurdish national delegation to attend as a separate side Geneva talks on Syria's future is certainly only the Kurdish National Council of Kurdistan'a Rojava (Western Kurdistan). Unfortunately Russia is wrong considering PYD as a representative party of the Kurds.
Miro | 13/4/2016
Very happy that they do not consider the KNC (ENKS) as representing the Kurds. ENKS is actually a part of these talks but no one takes them serious because they do not represent the Kurdish interest. They have partnered with these Islamist backed by Turkey and they have stood against TEV-DEM every step of the way. Even after TEV-DEM declared federalism they (ENKS)fiercely stood in opposition against and claimed that it was unilateral and they have been the ones crying federalism for the last 2 years.
Slovakian friend | 13/4/2016
...and here we go again. Turkey must stop this dirty discrimination against Kurds. They have all right to be there and to be part of these peace talk process. They are Syrian people too and very important force. Turkey is just an fascist,racist country who has no other aim but destroying all Kurds. How can world be so blind or pretending not to see what Turkey is doing? Turkey is very much responsible for atrocities either in their own country or in Syria. This must STOP!!!
Ben | 13/4/2016
It's pretty obvious by now that Turkey is not interested in a peaceful solution or talks, if they were they wouldn't have help destroy Syria to begin with.
Forked tongue | 13/4/2016
Turkey has no role to play in Syria or Iraq. The Turks can go back in their hole and they inconsequential for peace talks. They will not be missed because all they can do is be obstructive. Like it or not there will be a Kurdish state on their southern border.
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