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    A picture taken on December 8, 2015 shows a general view of the two-day Syrian Democratic Conference in Al-Malikiyeh, a town in Syria's northeastern Hasakeh province, held by Kurdish factions to discuss a vision for Syria's future. Dozens of Kurdish, Arab, and Assyrian figures attended the conference including members of Syria's leading Kurdish movement, the Democratic Union Party (PYD),

    Russia Insists on Kurds' Participation in Geneva Peace Talks

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    Kurds have the right to take part in the talks on the Syrian settlement in Geneva, Russia's envoy to the UN Office in Geneva Alexey Borodavkin said Saturday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Friday, the highly-anticipated talks on Syrian reconciliation mediated by UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura began in the Swiss city.

    The Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) has not been invited by the United Nations. The PYD accused Ankara of throwing its weight behind the UN decision.

    "Syrian Kurds are citizens of #Syria. They have right to be involved in talks on future of their country," Borodavkin said as quoted on Twitter of Russian Mission to UN in Geneva.

    Kurds are one of the largest ethnic groups in Syria. Earlier this month, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the intra-Syrian reconciliation talks would fail to reach a political settlement unless the Syrian Kurds were allowed to participate.


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