A senior adviser to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad on Tuesday flatly rejected the idea of giving Syrian Kurds a measure of autonomy.

The Kurdish-led authority that runs much of north and east Syria has presented a road map for a deal with Assad in recent meetings with Russia.

The Kurds want to safeguard their autonomous region inside a decentralized state when US troops currently backing them pull out.

Bouthaina Shaaban, a senior adviser to Assad, told Reuters on the sidelines of a Middle East conference in Moscow, organized by the Valdai Discussion Club, that “autonomy means the partition of Syria.”

She added that “Syria is a country that is a melting pot for all people and all people are equal in front of Syrian law and in front of the Syrian constitution.”

The adviser also called the Kurds “a precious and very important part of the Syrian people.”

 

 

Source: RT

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Gerd Görges
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“Autonomy” is out of the question, of course. But some kind of Kurdish region or canton could be created. For example, a reform of the provinces such that the Kurdish areas are assigned to one or two predominantly Kurdish provinces with Kurdish as a language of local government. The provinces could also get more freedom in education, culture, etc. As long as all military and economic matters remain centralised, there’s not much harm in that. I understand that the government must be very, very careful, but they should also take some bold steps in order to really integrate the Kurds.

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The Kurdish plans are an very exaggerated bargaining chip currently.
A federation works similar but not like the Kurd claim they want it.

Better suggest a real model that exists and works in another country.

But Syrian government rejecting “a measure of autonomy” is just as daft and works only into US and Turkish hands.

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I’m an American citizen of EU decent and I don’t approve of our behavior in the ME but we can make up for our mis-deeds there by creating an autonomous Kurdish state in NE Syria. I would hope that will be the beginning of a Kurdish Republic (incl. also the Kurds of Iran,Iraq and Turkey). They deserve a country of their own.

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@Leo Gjata. There are many groups in the Middle East that don’t even speak their own language. Take the Copts for example. The Coptic people of Egypt have been poorly treated by Muslims for centuries and have been stripped of their language. Much of their language has largely been destroyed and is barely spoken in church. They consistently have had their churches burnt, their women raped, their daughters kidnapped (and forced to convert to Islam), their priests butchered, their language being forbidden etc (for centuries). After all this unrecognised suffering, the Copts still want Egypt to be ONE country until… Read more »

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Americans vote over and over against war and get endless wars and corrupt duel citizens demanding we put our blood and treasure on the line for there gain. The US is falling apart after endless war and theft. How about Americans let the Kurds take care of there own problems and we look after all the traitors in our own country?

That way you can actually claim to have done more then follow behind American troops taking land to sell stolen oil to Israel

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Rex : Except that Yankees don’t need land-theft to sell oil to Israel…
But they need Israelis for technology.
USA are far from falling apart… Stop believng Sputnik’s c**p, they’re no better than the Daily Mail or Fox-News

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@Daeshbags-Sux, their energy grid, bridges and roads fall apart.

They have no national health care program.

Their politicians need Jewish election funding.

https://russia-insider.com/en/leaked-lobby-censored-investigative-documentary-jewish-lobby-america/ri25309

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It doesn’t changes the fact that they now have energyindependence since 2011. Do not believe too much Russian Insider, Sputnik or RT when they speak about the Yanks or the EU. They’re back to the cold-war mode, thanks to Obongo admin stupidity! Actually, this little US problems could be easily solved, and I’m not joking! Thus, the defence lobby wouldn’t be happy, nevertheless, I could easily cut about $300bln a year without US having losses in military power while pushing Lockhed, Boeing, Northrop, Raytheon etc into stop crooking the tax-payers! So, how to do? 1.) Banning the corporate funding of… Read more »

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@Daeshbags-Sux, my info about the state of infrastructure came from US sources not RT or other.

Why should the US save on military. They can print and borrow.

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It’s OK as long as the money they lease brings more interests than what they pay for what they borrow. If they print too much, it backfires, Trump himself told to Abe “you know, we won’t be able to go on like this for long”. I’m pretty sure Trump red Chalmers Johnson and ended with the same conclusions. 2 thirds of the US debt is the military debt. The 800+ overseas bases are a real money pit, if you include deployments, they eat $450bln per year, two thirds of the military budget while they’re not necessary at all. Just think… Read more »

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@Daeshbags-Sux, via the Bretton Woods system the US finance their way of good living. And thus they are guns for hire for any that need the carrier fleets for free shipping. Much could be reduced in favor of domestic improvements and rebuilding.

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@Daeshbags-Sux, if the EU gears up, we do not need many carriers to project power across the seas. EU supplies can be protected from coastal air fields or bought from Russia.

The 250 French atomics are plenty in a world of increased conventional rocket and cruise missile accuracy. Germany can raise almost as much money for the military as Russia – if need arises. PESCO & EU integration is on the way.

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Terrible mistake! Take a look at federal countries : most of them work great! Swiss, Germany, USA, etc etc! Even France, despite not being very federal, has serious decentralisation. Rojava’s constitution is patterned on Swiss one… Maybe Assad should take a look at Swiss constitution : having smth working like a Swiss canton wouldn’t be an issue at all, he may even end getting that Swiss has probably the best functioning system on Earth when it comes to administrating the country… So now Kurds are “a precious and very important part of the Syrian people.” when they actually were even… Read more »

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STFU you Kurdish supremacist! You talk from you own A-hole. Because there are many groups in the Middle East that don’t even speak their own language. Take the Copts for example. The Coptic people of Egypt have been poorly treated by Muslims for centuries and have been stripped of their language. Much of their language has largely been destroyed and is barely spoken in church. They consistently have had their churches burnt, their women raped, their daughters kidnapped (and forced to convert to Islam), their priests butchered, their language being forbidden etc (for centuries). After all this unrecognised suffering, the… Read more »

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I really ask myself if those who thumbdown get how Assad is shooting himself in the foot… And Syria at the same time! As much I have respect for him at defending his country, he really lacks elasticity when necessary, and more than once, consequences ended terrible… : /