LEEDS — Russia is currently negotiating with the influential Kurdish politicians in northern Syria over the ongoing situation and the possible political outcomes for the Syrian Kurds.
Moscow is currently trying to negotiate with the Syrian Kurds over their political future of Syrian Kurdistan, better known as Rojava. Russian government is further acting as a guarantor of their talk with the Syrian government. The negotiations mainly include the idea of federative system within Syria, led by the pro-Kurdish parties in the region.
Ferid Sedun, a Kurdish politician who spoke to Sputnik on Saturday, said that he is one of the representatives of the Kurds in northern Syria, who are taking part in the negotiations.
"Several days ago Russian representatives came to Al-Qamishli where we held talks. In continuation of these negotiations they offered to expand the negotiation process and to set up our meeting with the Syrian leadership," Ferid Sedun told Sputnik.
He continued by saying that Russia has invited the Kurdish political representatives to the Russian airbase in Latakia, where they will continue further discussions over the future outcomes for the Syrian Kurds. The Kurdish official explained that the meetings in the Russian airbase will take place within the next two days, after which he and two other independent Kurdish politicians will return to the Syrian capital of Damascus in order to meet and discuss their ideas with the Syrian leadership.
The main issues for the negotiations come from the idea of a new federative system of government, which will involve only the northern parts of Syria, which are mainly populated with Syrian Kurds.
Sedun pointed out that Russia’s role in the negotiations is to act as a guarantor for the Kurdish political parties and build stronger relations between the Kurdish politicians and the Syrian leadership.
In addition, Sedun said the decision of the Kurdish politicians to join the talks comes from Russia’s strong role as a guarantor throughout the discussions. According to his words, Russia has an opportunity to have strong influence on the Syrian government, which may lead to granting of certain right to the Kurdish population of the country.
"Russia is telling us: voice your suggestions and we will discuss them with the Syrian government. If Damascus offers to grant you autonomy, agree to it. The status of autonomy is a good opportunity in current circumstances," the politician told Sputnik.
At the end of 2016, Russia invited 24 Syrian Kurdish parties, including representatives of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and the Kurdish National Council (ENKS) to join talks held in the Russian airbase in Latakia. The talks aimed to focus on the topics which will be discussed during the upcoming peace talks in Kazakhstan, according to Sputnik.