Moscow wants to include PYD Kurds in next Geneva talks

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PYD leader Salih Muslim (c) speaking to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Kobane. Photo: ARA News

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Moscow continues to supports the participation of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) in peace talks on Syria, Russian envoy to the UN Office in Geneva Alexey Borodavkin said Saturday.

Recent peace talks in February between the Syrian government and the opposition ended on Friday in Geneva. New talks are planned later in March.

While the PYD was not invited due to opposition from Turkey, the Kurdish National Council (KNC) –that is part of the Turkey-supported Syrian National Coalition (SNC)– joined the peace talks.

Borodavkin noted that the reunification of these groups should happen not through “Riyadh-based delegation absorbing” them [in reference to SNC], but by bridging the distance between the positions of all the opposition platforms.

“Riyadh [SNC’s High Negotiations Committee], Moscow or Cairo opposition platforms put together do not show the full range of the Syrian opposition. We regret that the Kurds [PYD], the Astana platform and other moderate opposition groups were not invited to this round [of talks],” Borodavkin told reporters.

Earlier, Borodavkin said that Moscow pushes for inviting the Democratic Union Party to the UN-sponsored intra-Syrian talks in the Swiss city of Geneva.

“Syrian Kurds are Syria’s citizens, they represent a numerous minority, great political and military force and they have the right to take part in shaping the state’s destiny,” Borodavkin stressed.

Furthermore, Sputnik reported a new round of Syria talks will be held in Kazakhstan’s Astana to end the conflict.

Reporting by: WLadimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News

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