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    Ankara Doesn't Want Kurds to 'Bring Up Uncomfortable Issues' at Syria Talks

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    The coalition of major Syrian opposition groups, the High Negotiations Committee, agreed to attend the UN-backed peace talks in Geneva.

    The decision came on Friday after the delegation received UN and US guarantees that their demands would be fulfilled.

    Earlier in the week, a top representative of the Committee — George Sabra — stated that the group’s delegates would head for Geneva only “after all obstacles that hamper the start of the negotiation process have been eliminated.”

    According to Sabra, that includes a halt in attacks in civilian areas, a release of detainees and a lifting of blockades.

    However, spokesman for the High Negotiations Committee Salim al-Muslat stressed that the delegation may still withdraw from the talks if these measures are not implemented.

    Radio Sputnik discussed the Syria peace talks in Geneva with American journalist, author and columnist specializing in intelligence and international affairs Wayne Madsen.

    “The funded high negotiation committee representing the more intransigent elements of the Syrian opposition including the terrorist organizations originally bought at going to Geneva and with some pressure exercised on them perhaps by the French or the Americans even, the real problem is with the makeup of the opposition because the Saudis and the Turks clearly do not want the Syrian Kurdish parties represented at these talks and so far they have not been invited.”

    Madsen further said that it’s going to be very difficult if you don’t have all interested parties at the negotiating table.

    “It’s clear that the Turks don’t want the Kurds present because the Kurds will bring up some uncomfortable issues in Geneva. These are even not going to be direct negotiations as they will be talking through proxies but the last thing the Turks want is the Syrian Kurds presence.”

    The journalist also said that there is a lot of bad blood between the Syrian government and the Saudi backed and Turkish backed opposition groups.

    “One good thing from the view point of Syrian government is with Russia’s intervention they got Russia on their side now and of course with the agreement on nuclear weapons and dropping of sanctions on Iran, Iran is playing a much more important role in what is going on in Syria, so the Assad government isn’t going into these negotiations without allies certainly and they are in a much stronger position now than they would have been even a year ago,” the journalist said.

    Madsen further said that the issue is how committed the Obama administration is. "It was Hilary Clinton, Samantha Power and Susan Rice at the UN when their responsibility was to protect people, the Soros connected Arab Spring got this thing rolling to begin with. Now with just a year left in this administration, it is much interested in going for a regime change in Syria."

    The journalist noted that, “There will be some sort of government change but this outright regime change, I am really skeptical about the Obama administration wanting to put too much faith in the Syrian opposition because they saw how this has played out in this bloody civil war which was engineered by then Secretary of State, Clinton.”

    He went on to talk about the Syrian opposition forces and how much the United States is willing to stand by the Turkish government which looks like it is “trying to recreate a neo Ottoman Empire under President Erdogan,” Madsen concluded.


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