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    Syrian National Opposition Coalition Opposes Kurds’ Federalization

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    The National Coalition for Revolutionary and Opposition Forces declared its opposition to the Kurdish groups’ declaration of a federal region in northern Syria, Sky News Arabia reported Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Earlier in the day, Kurds have announced the creation of a federal region in northern Syria.

    “Defining Syrian statehood is not the prerogative of one group or a segment of the people. Attempts to form some kind of formation or specific regions take away the Syrian people’s will,” the outlet quoted the coalition as saying.

    It stressed its advocacy toward the territorial integrity of the Arab republic after three regions under Kurdish control declared a federal system in northern Syria earlier in the day.

    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 Syrian government responded saying that the Kurds’ decision had no legal impact.

    Syrian Kurds are ready to send their official delegation to Geneva in order to discuss the proposed federalization of Syria, Saleh Muslim, the co-chair of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), told Sputnik on Thursday.

    "Yes, of course," he said asked whether he was ready to come to Geneva to discuss the issue of federalization.

    He added that at the moment there was no such invitation.

    Syria has been mired in civil war since March 2011, with government forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad fighting numerous opposition factions and extremist groups.

    The new round of the intra-Syrian talks aimed at putting an end to the five-year civil war is underway in Geneva. The negotiations are expected to last until March 24.

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      peaceactivist2
      Not just Syrians, I an outsider oppose to such thing too, poor Russia. A stapped on the back on Assad!
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      rajivalgoo
      Whatever the move that is made by the Kurds those opposing must expect unilateral decisions such as the federalization of their territory. Despite pleas for them to be involved in the negotiation process they were denied participation.
      No one should disregard a group of people three million strong and expect them to follow the dictate of outsiders.
      It would be in the interest of all to weigh the concern of the Russian participants.
      All praise to President Putin and a cooperative associate, President Bashar Al Assad.
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