The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have expressed their condemnation of being excluded from the Syria peace talks that are to take place today in Astana, Kazakhstans capital.
“Despite all the victories we’ve achieved against ISIS terrorism in northern Syria, we have been excluded from the Astana talks,” the SDF said in a statement on Sunday.
The SDF emphasized that it “liberated key Syrian territories from terrorist groups” including ISIS.
“Thus, any results coming out of these talks won’t be binding for the SDF factions,” the Syrian Democratic Forces said.
Kurdish politician and PYD co-Chair Salih Muslim told ARA News that “the SDF is one of the critical players,” whose endorsement would be required for any lasting agreement. He added that holding peace talks “without any participation from the SDF won’t lead to an actual solution.”
“One of our priorities is reaching a truce agreement in order to stop the bloodshed in Syria,” Muslim stated. “A ceasefire would be the main accomplishment, and we won’t aspire for more from the Astana talks.”
“Finding a solution for the Syrian crisis cannot come from Astana,” the Kurdish leader concluded. “The real Syrian political solution must come from power centers [in Syria].”