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    Kurds Discussing Proposal of Autonomous Region in Federalized Syria

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    The proposal to establish a Kurdish region in the north of a federalized Syria is currently being discussed as this topic concerns the entire country, Salih Muslim, co-chairman of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), told Sputnik.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) Syrian Kurds announced the creation of an autonomous region in the country's north, the so-called Federal Democratic System of Rojava and Northern Syria, in March. The Syrian government responded by saying that any such unilateral decisions have no legitimacy.

    "The theme of federalization is being discussed. It is not a question of northern Syria. It's a question of the whole of Syria. Discussions are ongoing," Muslim said in an interview.

    He added that the issues that need to be negotiated include a federal parliament and holding elections.

    Kurds are Syria’s largest ethnic minority, also populating parts of Turkey, Iran and Iraq. Syrian Kurds say they want to be part of Syria and do not strive for independence, yet have previously called for more autonomy.

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