Syrian opposition might soften its stance towards Kurds

Syrian opposition's delegation walking out of a meeting with regime representatives in Geneva II. File photo

ARA News 

KOBANE – The Syrian opposition said on Wednesday that they will work on a vision for the Kurds after holding meetings on 13-15 June in Brussels backed by the European Union. The statement might indicate a softening stance on the Kurds.

The National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces and the National Coordination Body for Democratic Change, both constitute major opposition blocks, held their fourth series of meetings on 13-15 June 2016, in Brussels, in the context of efforts to unify the Syria opposition’s position and vision concerning the developments in Syria and the prospects for a political solution for future talks in Geneva, amidst a complete breakdown of the ceasefire with heavy fighting in Aleppo.

The Syrian opposition blocs said they will work on achieving constitutional recognition for the Kurdish identity. It is however unclear if it recognizes any form of federalism or Kurdish autonomy, nor if they will reach out to the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) that until now has been excluded from Syria peace talks in Geneva. While the PYD was not invited in the past, the Kurdish National Council (KNC) participated as part of the Syrian Coalition.

The PYD says they will go to Geneva, if invited.

“Development of the Syrian opposition’s vision concerning the Kurdish issue, and establishing a just resolution within the framework of the unity of Syria’s territory and people, with a view of achieving constitutional recognition of the Kurdish national identity and the participation of Kurdish political and revolutionary forces in building a democratic Syria,” the two parties said in a public statement.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg 

Source: ARA News 

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