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    Turkey's ‘Fear of Kurds’ Spoils Geneva Talks on Syrian Reconciliation

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    The Kurds have been shut out of the Syrian peace talks in Geneva after Turkey demanded they be kept away, Saleh Muslim, the leader of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), told Kurdistan 24 news and information channel.

    “Turkey’s only concern in Syria is the Kurds, instead of solving the dilemma in the country,” Muslim stated. “This intervention for selfish purposes hinders any efforts to find a solution to the crisis.”

    Saleh Muslim said that both Turkey and the Syrian opposition had used false excuses to prevent the Kurdish delegation from attending the Geneva III parley.

    He added that the problem with the Kurds’ exclusion from the peace talks started when the so-called Syrian opposition platform (created in Saudi Arabia last month) decided to include some Kurdish parties and exclude others.

    Saleh Muslim said that other Kurdish organizations had also been denied the chance to come to Geneva.

    “Ignoring the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the People’s Protection Units (YPG), and the Democratic Autonomous Administration [of Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava)] means that the peace talks are doomed to fail,” he said.

    Russia wants PYD to be included in the opposition delegation, but the Saudi-backed Sunni Arab opposition is against.

    Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov has said it would be unfair to hold the talks without Syria's powerful Kurdish faction, which controls wide areas of the country’s north.

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    Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), selfish purposes, false excuses, Geneva talks, Kurds, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), Gennady Gatilov, Saleh Muslim, Syria
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