BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – Members of the Syrian Democratic Council met in Tabqa, in the opposition-held Raqqa Governorate on Monday, in order to establish a united opposition team ahead of planned talks with Damascus.

President of the SDC – a Kurdish-led alliance of Syrian opposition forces consisting largely of US-backed Kurdish SDF forces – Riad Darar, stressed that the aim of the meeting is to create a “negotiating base” for future contacts with the Syrian government.

“US and Russia agreed that there must be a solution in the region,” stated SDC President Riad Darar.

“If we are attacked we will defend ourselves, and if we were not attacked, thus our slogan became clear: we are supporting the negotiations and the political solution,” he added.

Full transcript:

SOT, Riad Darar, President of Syrian Democratic Council (Arabic): “We will develop the project of self-administrating project and the civil councils, so that they would be one self-administration in north-east of Syria.”

M/S Meeting *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Riad Darar, President of Syrian Democratic Council (Arabic): “We are not considering forming a government. We are a governance administration running the issues in an ordered way, but it is not a government, it is just an administration which can serve people’s needs in a way which serves their tracks (and) what they might have suffered after the occupation, or in other words; the domination of ISIS on some areas, and also to build the locations and areas after liberation.”

C/U Meeting *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Journalist (Arabic): “How are you dealing with the treats of the regime and its investments in North of Syria?

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SOT, Riad Darar, President of Syrian Democratic Council (Arabic): “We think that these threatening are just words not deeds, for the regime cannot execute its threatening, neither its circumstances nor its reality now, it is busy in many areas, then; there is an agreement regarding the region between Russia and the US. US and Russia agreed that there must be a solution in the region. If we are attacked we will defend ourselves, and if we were not attacked thus our slogan became clear: we are supporting the negotiations and the political solution.”

SOT, Hussam Alloush, Participant in Syrian Democratic Council (Arabic): “It is time to prepare ourselves to oust the foreigners from our country. One of the major obstacles in front of the national work is that there are some foreigners in this country. Let us conflict with each other politically without any foreign interventions, so, this point was not mentioned – and I don’t know if I am accurate in this matter – but I did not see any critical view or demands of ousting the foreigners from Syria.”

SOT, Hussam Alloush, Participant in Syrian Democratic Council (Arabic): “The terrorist organisations in all Syrian villages and towns should be ousted, in this process, the Syrian government should prevail in order to start a political dialogue for Syria. The political solution would be difficult as long as terrorism is amongst us.”

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Pete
Pete
2018-07-18 13:30

The SDC is not a “Kurdish political party”. Nice try at sectarian propaganda ‘tho…

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TheObserver
2018-07-17 16:57

What, no mention of the Turkish elephant in the north? As far as I see it, the Americans are using the Kurds as cannon fodder in northeast Syria to oust ISIS, grab the oilfields, and to allow the establishment of US bases there. Especially along the Iraq-Syrian border where the latter can monitor the movements of Syrian/Iraqi/Iranian/Hezbollah personnel as well as to carry out mischief against the Syrian Government. But when it comes to providing the Kurds with backup to fight the Turks in Afrin and Aleppo nothing is forthcoming from the Americans and the Kurds are gradually withdrawing from… Read more »

Persian Gulf
Persian Gulf
2018-07-17 19:23

Hope to see a Syria that belongs to all of its residents, not only Arabs. Syrian Arab Army and Syrian Arab Republic are inappropriate ways to mention this ethnicaly and historicaly diverse country.

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johnny was
2018-07-17 21:53
Reply to  Persian Gulf

arabs need to fcuk off back to their desert

USR
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USR
2018-07-18 04:55
Reply to  Persian Gulf

Dr. Bashar Assad (praised to be his name!) already proposed in the new Constitution the name of the coutry to be changed from Syrian Arab Republic to Syrian Republic. Believe me this will be changed. It must be changed. There is much more than Arabs only living in Syria.

Pete
Pete
2018-07-18 13:28
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Why would you praise a mass murderer?

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gustavo
2018-07-17 20:17

It does not matter which ethnic people belong in Syria, they must be ruled by Syria government. The same as in USA where there are Afroamerican, Spanish, Chinees, Indian, whatever, they are governed by USA govern, and the land is USA land. THe same must be in Syria with Kurds (USA-puppets), if they want to live in north of Syria, it is ok, but they must be governed by Syria government. If Syria government says do not accept USA-toys, and do not accept foreign USA in Syria land, they must obey. Otherwise, they will face death and destruction in a… Read more »

Pete
Pete
2018-07-18 13:30
Reply to  gustavo

“they must be ruled by Syria government” ??? Nonsense. They can govern themselves much more effectively. “Otherwise, they will face death and destruction” ??? LOL. Grow up.

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Walter Schwenk
2018-07-18 18:04
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Gustavo, you over simplify the US political arrangement. The 50 individual states have a considerable degree of autonomy. That was the intent of the founders, to promote freedom and local rights. The US “toys” are what keeps the oppression of damascus from renewing in the north east. Only fools or desperados would give them up. You might wish to read the US constitution, to see exacly how limited the authority of the central gov’t was intended to be.

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johnny was
2018-07-18 23:19
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arabs have no business telling non arabs what to do – they tried it in south sudan and murdered millions

Pete
Pete
2018-07-18 13:28

This is a very confused article. There is no “Kurdish political party” involved. The author is clearly referring to the SDC, which is the self-administration council of the federation, and mostly Arab (not that that’s important).