MOSCOW – Russia’s proposal to include Kurds in Geneva Syrian talks was vetoed by the UN Security Council’s Western members, Russian UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin reported, saying “this contradicts UN resolutions on Syrian reconciliation and ignores calls for inclusive talks”.

The Russian official warned that if the Syrian Kurds do not participate in the peace process, “international efforts to bring peace to Syria could be undermined”. 

“We are concerned that the Syrian Kurds, historically woven into the social fabric of the country, still have not been invited to the Geneva talks,” he said, pointing out that by not inviting the Kurds, the West is violating the spirit of inclusiveness for the Syrian talks in the UN Security Council resolutions on Syria.

Earlier on Tuesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stressed that it was crucial that all parties, including the Kurds, are included in the upcoming round of Geneva talks. He made the statements after meeting with UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura in Moscow.

In the meantime, referring to the inclusiveness of the talks, French Senate President Gerard Larcher stated that participants in the Geneva talks should consider the possibility of allowing the Kurds to take part.

“Negotiations should be inclusive…we should consider the possibility of the Kurds’ participation,” he told journalists on Tuesday. He also stressed that Syria should remain a single state, adding that France supports resumption of the talks.


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