Friday, March 18, 2016

Is Syria about to divide?

Kurds Declare Federal System in Northern Syria

source: reuters

The Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party  and several allies have voted to create a separate federation in the northern part of Syria, an area known as Rojava. Kurd officials claimed independence for the Kurdish-controlled areas on Thursday after two days of meetings with regional delegates.

Syrian Kurds say that federalism is the future for Northern Syria. Syria Representatives of the Kurdish, Arab, Assyrian communities and other ethnic groups met in the town of Rmeilan in Hassakeh province to discuss bringing three Kurdish-led autonomous areas under the umbrella of a federal system.

Taj Kordsh, a spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces, one of the groups involved, stated that the move had been made after many attempts by the Kurds to be heard. "The Kurdish people have been rejected and silenced in the latest peace talks in Geneva," he said.

The Syrian government immediately rejected the move. The Syrian foreign ministry issued a warning to "anyone who dares to undermine the unity of the land and the people of Syria under any title." 

"Creating a union or a federal system ... contradicts the Syrian constitution and all the national concepts and international resolutions," the statement said.


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