Deal with Syria regime ‘inevitable’ — Kurdish commander

The autonomous administration, the Syrian regime negotiate

By AFP – Jan 05,2019 – JORDAN TIMES

Redur Khalil, a spokesperson and senior official in the Syrian Democratic Forces speaks during an interview in the northeastern Syrian town of Amuda on Friday (AFP photo)

AMUDA, Syria — A deal between Damascus and Syria’s Kurds over their autonomous region in the country’s north is ‘‘inevitable’’, a senior Kurdish military official said on Saturday, insisting that Kurdish forces should remain in the area.

Marginalised for decades, Syria’s minority Kurds carved out a de facto autonomous region across some 30 per cent of the nation’s territory after the devastating war broke out in 2011.

Kurdish forces, backed by a US-led coalition, spearheaded the fight in Syria against the Daesh group after terrorists seized large parts of the country and neighbouring Iraq in 2014.

But Washington’s shock December announcement that it would withdraw its troops from Syria pushed the Kurds to seek a new alliance with President Bashar Assad’s regime, amid fears of a long-expected Turkish assault against Kurdish forces.

Redur Khalil, a commander in the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces(SDF) alliance, told AFP that Kurdish authorities and Damascus were bound to reach a deal.

‘‘Reaching a solution between the autonomous administration and the Syrian government is inevitable because our areas are part of Syria,’’ said Khalil.

Syrian government forces deployed late last month around the key city of Manbij in Aleppo province, after Kurdish forces called for them to arrive.

‘‘Negotiations are ongoing with the government to reach a final formulation for administering the city of Manbij,’’ Khalil told AFP, adding that talks had shown ‘‘positive signs’’.

If that leads to a solution that ‘‘protects the rights’’ of Manbij residents, a similar arrangement could be applied to SDF-controlled areas of Deir Ezzor province, east of the Euphrates River, he said.



Categories: Arab World, Asia, Syria

1 reply

  1. It is good things are starting to move into government and alternate forces. Syria should never have been split how it was. The Kurds were used. No one on this planet is without disdains for their government. From Japan to the U.S. and Britain to China. Making peace with the Syrian government is best, since the rebels, Kurdish socialists and nationalists, and Americans all created a situation too complicated to resolve without a total reset. If Kurds make peace then Turkey steps out. Kurds want that and as for Assad, I lack information but I know Syrians don’t see friends anywhere (some even don’t see Russia as an ally). So it’s tricky stuff…

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