Thursday 27 April 2017

Latest Syria peace talks leave Kurdish groups out in the cold

A female fighter in the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), in Deir al-Zor province, Syria, ahead of an offensive against Isil. Photo: Rodi Said/Reuters
A female fighter in the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), in Deir al-Zor province, Syria, ahead of an offensive against Isil. Photo: Rodi Said/Reuters
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Jamey Keaten's article 'UN dampens hopes ahead of Syrian talks' (Irish Independent, February 23), which discussed the fourth Syrian peace talks, which commenced yesterday in Geneva, was accompanied by a photo of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Syria.

The SDF, however, is notably absent from such talks, as is the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), politically aligned with the SDF, which has been prevented from attending. The inclusion of the US-backed SDF was supported by Russia, but both Turkey and the Saudi-backed Sunni Arab rebel opposition were against it.

Turkey considers the PYD to be the Syrian-affiliate of the PKK, which it has waged war against for almost 40 years.

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