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    Kurds Announce Creation of Federal Region in Northern Syria

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    Kurds have announced the creation of a federal region in northern Syria on Thursday, media reported.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) —  On Tuesday, reports appeared citing the plans of the Kurds to declare a "federation" in Northern Syria, which would remain a part of the country.

    According to the Agence France-Presse news agency, three Kurdish-controlled regions voted to approve the establishment of a federal system, despite warnings from Syrian and Turkish authorities against such a move.

    The vote was reportedly held in a town of the federal region. The Syrian government responded saying that the Kurds’ decision had no legal impact.

    Syria's Foreign Minister Walid Muallem has rejected proposals for a federalization and partition of the country, supported at the Geneva intra-Syrian talks by several opposition factions.

    Earlier in the day, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said the issue of the Syrian federalization cannot be decided upon unilaterally by the Syrian Kurds.

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