BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The peace talks between the Syrian government and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) have allegedly stalled over the future governance style of the SDC-held areas.

Speaking to Al-Masdar from Damascus, a government source said that both sides are at odds over the SDC’s insistence on federalizing the areas they control in the Al-Hasakah, Al-Raqqa, and Aleppo provinces.

The source said that Damascus is willing to maintain joint control over these SDC-held areas, but they will not accept federalization after the war.

In the past, the peace talks have stalled over this topic, as the Syrian government refuses to accept any part of country to be federalized.

The Syrian government has expressed their desire to reach a political settlement with the SDF; however, both sides have failed to make any serious concessions on the topic of federalization.

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Zena Shaw

Raqqa is 98% Arab and Hasakah 75% Assyrian or Arab what makes these kurdish YPG terrorists think they can push federalism on non kurds?

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Karel Vd Geest

In fact Raqqah was 10 to 15% kurdish, Hassakah minority arab. 45% kurds and ten to 15% syriac, all non arab. You have some researching to do

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jmNZ

What are the Kurds talking about?
Most of the area east of the Euphrates is Arab or Assyrian. Only a tiny bit bordering Turkey and Iraq had any significant Kurdish population.
The Kurds should be grateful the Syrians give them asylum – and treat them nobly, as equal citizens.
What more do they want?

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gzman501 .

Another US/Kurd ploy. The US delays to get the decision from Damascus that they want. Capitulation in the guise of ‘compromise’. NO WAY. The Turks appear to be part of this game….always ready to attack…NOT. Turkey trying to blame Syria for Turkey’s terrorists as the US backed HTS consolidates their positions formerly held by Turk terrorists. Turkey will regret their duplicitousness and the Kurds will follow suit as well.

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I think Bashar should SERIOUSLY consider some concessions, especially since SAA didn’t fulfilled its duties of protecting Kurds when they had to. He can already be happy these, unlike Iraqi Kurds, want to maintain Syria’s unity and maybe Bashar should consider how many federal countries are very successful : just think about Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, USA, Russia, etc etc etc. Others alternatives are either losing totally the area to a greater Kurdistan that would unite with Iraqi one, or to a Turkish invasion. It’s not a great idea to be thick-headed in this case. Bashar already did several terrible mistakes… Read more »

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Karel Vd Geest

Assad has to choose, either all of nothing or part of everything. Like you said, Assad abandoned the SDF region, in fact handed it over to IS and did hardly anything against IS. Only in 2016 SAA became more active against IS. A s his regine discriminated against kurds and the region, he owes the kurds and arabs of the region.

Some demands are reasonable, on both sides. He should forget going back to the good old bad times as dictator, with death squads, torture and discrimination. He could try to deliver good governance, security, reconstruction.

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Matija Tomac

Some myths need to be debunked here: ” Assad abandoned the SDF region”-“abandoned” like other regions seized by terrorists at that time 2012.- “Kurdish forces killed three soldiers in Afrin and captured a number of other government soldiers in Kobani and Al-Malikiyah , from where they drove the remaining government security forces out.” 2013. “The YPG claimed to have killed 376 Syrian government soldiers and captured 790 in 2013.” “YPG forces moved to expel government forces from oil-rich areas in Hasakah Province”… “Only in 2016 SAA became more active against IS”- The legendary Daesh killer Issam Zahreddine was sent to… Read more »

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Zena Shaw

Most people in SDF areas are Arab, Assyrian or turkmen so how would it be part of greater kurdistan when most people aren’t even kurdish? Unless the kurds plan a massive genocide against non kurds like Israel commits genocide against Muslims, Christians, Arabs, bedouin and druze people it will never be part of kurdistan.

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Karel Vd Geest

In fact the only populations ethnically cleansed , genocided and arabized are kurds, hounded by all governments involved.

Btw Isreal has never committed genocide against christians, beduins, druse. Neither against muslims and arabs, though they have some limits against Palestinians. There have never been so many arabs, druse in Israel as now. Not a popular position, but statistics do not lie.

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johnny was

f**k assad, f**k the arabs and f**k federalism – vive la kurdistan!

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gzman501 .

johnny was…an idiot. Why are my comments removed when I use language not even close to this? Does AMN ‘moderate’ every post? Does it take 2-5 days for everyone’s post to be moderated?

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How about u go f**k yourself instead.

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You forgot one other thing, F**K YOU.