DAMASCUS, SYRIA (5:45 PM) – The Syrian government is not negotiating any possibility on secession of Kurdish areas in the north of the country. This was said by deputy of the Syrian parliament Jamal al Zuubi in an interview with Sputnik Arabic. With the statement, Zuubi refuted earlier reports by the Turkish Anadolu news agency that claimed that Damascus is considering granting full governance of northern Syria to the PKK (Kurdish Workers’ Party) and allied organisations.
“There are absolutely no grounds for such reports. Kurdish self-governance in the north of Syria is only a mere desire of some terrorist groups, Syria and its neighboring countries have an open and clear position on this issue which has not changed,” the deputy said.
Jamal al Zuubi furthermore declared that there are only very small areas of Syria in which Kurds make up a majority of the population, with most of the Kurdish Syrians living peacefully with their Arab neighbours as Syrian citizens first and foremost. The deputy stated that Kurds are important and fully recognised citizens of Syria, with all rights and obligations also bestowed upon all other Syrians.
However, organisations such as the PKK and similar movements have no place in Syria, and will not be permitted to stay in the country, Zuubi concluded.