The Kurdish National Council (KNC) announced on TuesdayÂ that they would attend the Astana peace talks, which are scheduled for January 23. The KNC is part of the Syrian opposition’s National Coalition (SNC).
Fuad Aliko, a leading member of the Kurdish Unity Party (Yekiti), said that Abdulhakim Bashar and Ibrahim Biro have been invited toÂ the meeting in Astana. Bashar is the Vice President of the SNC and Biro is the head of the KNC.
While the Kurdish National Council was invited to the Astana peace talks, the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and representatives from the self-administrations in northern Syria were not.
Turkeyâ€™s government opposes any form of participation by the PYD, the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) or the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Ankara believes that they are all fronts for the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
On Monday, PYD supporters protested in Qamishli city against their partyâ€™s exclusion, saying any that the Astana conference would not represent the people of northern Syria.
Furthermore, the executive body of the Northern Syria Federation said on Sunday that they were not committed to any resolutions reached in Astana and that they would continue their struggle to establish a federal system.
â€śWe, the Northern Syria Federationâ€™s component Kurds, Arabs, Syriacs, Assyrians and Armenians, consider our exclusion from these negotiations a violation,â€ť the executive branch declared.
The federationÂ reasoned that their â€śstruggle, sacrifices, and the historic progress on the political and social levelsâ€ť gave them the right â€śto be present in the Astana meeting.â€ť
â€śMoreover, the SDF, YPG and YPJ have been the forces liberating vast parts of Syria from terror, making them the most eligible powers to participate in any military settlement,â€ť the body added, in reference to the Protection Units.
Salih Muslim, the co-chair of the PYD,Â toldÂ ARA News in an exclusive interview that the goal of the Russia-sponsored talks is finding a political solution toÂ the ongoing crisis in Syria.
â€śThe upcoming Astana meeting is aimed at negotiating possible solutions for the Syrian crisis,â€ť the Kurdish politician explained. â€śHowever, excluding the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) from these talks is a huge mistake.â€ť
Muslim believes that â€śthe SDF is one of the critical players,â€ť whose endorsement would be required for any lasting agreement. He added that holding peace talks â€świthout any participation from the SDF wonâ€™t lead to an actual solution.â€ť
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