Demanding decentralization in Syria

On Thursday morning, the Arab newspapers touched upon the Syrian-Syrian dialogue conference.

Al-Sharq al-Awsat: Syrian dialogue conference east of Euphrates calls for decentralization

The newspaper said, “In the city of Ain al-Arab (Kobani), the Syrian-Syrian dialogue conference began at the third session with the participation of many opposition political forces and figures, at the invitation of the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), the political wing of SDF supported by the International Coalition-led by the United Sates.

The participants discussed the constitution, basic principles, and the road map to solve the Syrian crisis, in addition to discussing the form of governance and adopting the model of democratic decentralization, and called for the start of a national dialogue aimed at meeting the aspirations of the Syrian people under a decentralized and democratic political system.

The conference was held under the slogan “From the Syrian Social Contract Towards the New Democratic Era,” headed by the Syrian oppositionist Riyad Darrar, the Kurdish commander Amina Omar, and Ilham Ahmed, the head of the Executive Body of the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) with the participation of 132 personalities representing parties and political blocs, social figures and notables of independent clans, as well as the presence of juristic activists and economists.

Al-Hayat: Kremlin denies receipt of an Israeli plan to settle the Syrian crisis

On another Syrian issue, al-Hayat newspaper reported that the Kremlin denied press reports that Moscow had received an Israeli plan to settle the Syrian crisis during a summit between the Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last month. Amid widespread condemnation of Washington’s decision to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the occupied part of the Syrian Golan, the UN Security Council is considering the possibility of holding a meeting at the request of Damascus to consider the Golan issue.

Al-Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Putin had not received any plan from Netanyahu. “It is clear that the issue needs to be scrutinized about what plan is in place and what the Israeli prime minister meant when he spoke about that plan,” he added. This is what the Israeli prime minister meant when he spoke about that plan.”

The newspaper “Times of Israel” quoted from a senior Israeli official said on Wednesday that Netanyahu proposed to Putin last month, and the US President Donald Trump last Monday, “a plan to resolve the Syrian conflict.” The Israeli official said that Putin was interested in the Israeli plan, revealing that the plan requires the withdrawal of Iranian troops from Syria without giving further details, expecting that Israel, Russia and the United States to follow a three-approach to resolve the Syrian crisis.

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