Al-Monitor: Turkey is targeting US-backed Kurdish-Syrian peace talks

Selava Omar –

Al-Monitor newspaper reported, through its report, that Turkey resented the Kurdish-Kurdish dialogue, and said that Turkey had publicly begun to show its dissatisfaction with the US-backed peace talks between the Kurds in Syria that began last month. This discontent came through a calculated media attack on the Justice and Development Party.

On the same day, the Turkish Foreign Ministry issued a statement criticizing Greece, Egypt, Cyprus and the United Arab Emirates on the pretext of the ongoing confrontation in the eastern Mediterranean.

And the justice and development authorities also attacked France for its contribution to the Kurdish-Kurdish-Syrian peace talks.

“Kurdish rights, such as sea level rise, when they rise somewhere, rise everywhere,” says the PDP representative in Washington, “Giran Ozjan”.

“It is not surprising that the United States pressed both sides to refrain from commenting to the media about the talks for fear of spoiling them again,” the newspaper added.

Talks began between the Democratic Union Party (PYD), which is part of self-management in northern and eastern Syria, and the so-called Kurdish National Council, which includes several parties participating in the so-called Syrian coalition, which is based in Istanbul, Turkey.

And the US State Department’s envoy on the ground, William Robock, is mediating between the two sides.

The last round of dialogue began in late October, the commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces, Mazloum Abdi, who played a crucial role in helping the US-led coalition destroy the so-called caliphate declared by ISIS in parts of Syria and Iraq.

The newspaper pointed out that the timing was not a coincidence, as Major General Mazloum Abdi contacted the Kurdish National Council shortly after Turkey’s attacks on October 9, 2019 in the northern and eastern regions of Syria between Ras al-Ain and Tal Abyad.

She explained that General Mazloum Abdi had transformed his strategic acumen from the battlefield to diplomacy, in the hope of the participation of the Kurdish National Council and other Kurdish parties, and would enable him to strengthen the diplomatic legitimacy of self-administration, as Abdi described the effort made in an interview with Al-Monitor in January as establishing a front A common Kurdish to push for Kurdish rights, whether they are now stalled in UN-brokered peace talks in Geneva, or in future negotiations with the central government in Damascus.

The newspaper reported that the Kurdish-Kurdish dialogue would weaken Turkey’s arguments that self-administration is part of the PKK, which will end Turkey’s objections to the partnership between the United States and the Syrian Democratic Forces, and also protect northern and eastern Syria from more Turkish attacks.

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