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    Kurdish Representative Says Assad 'Not Ready' for Political Transition

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    Rodi Osman, the head of Syrian Kurdistan's representative office in Moscow said that the Syrian Kurds continue to insist on federalization despite recent statements by President Bashar Assad claiming that Syria is too small to be federalized.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Syrian President Bashar Assad’s stance on the issue of Kurdish autonomy proves that he is not ready for a political transition in the country, the head of Syrian Kurdistan's representative office in Moscow told Sputnik.

    Assad said, in an interview with Sputnik published on Wednesday, that most Kurds wanted to live in a united Syria and not in a federalized country. At the same time, Assad said that there was an understanding that a "certain change" in regard to the Kurds should be made.

    "His arguments prove that he is not ready for change and a transition to a new political system in Syria," Rodi Osman said.

    The Syrian Kurds continue to insist on federalization despite recent statements by President Bashar Assad claiming that Syria is too small to be federalized,according to Rodi Osman.

    Assad noted, that it would be impossible for Syria to exist as a federal state because the country is too small.

    "Syria is bigger than Switzerland, Belgium and the United Arab Emirates together, and these all are prosperous and stable federations," Rodi Osman said.

    "We in Rojava [Syrian Kurdistan, de facto autonomous region, made up of three cantons] continue to insist on federalization within the Rojava canton," he added.

    At a constituent conference in the Hasakah province on March 17, the Syrian Kurds announced the creation of a federal region in the country's north — the so-called Federal Democratic System of Rojava and Northern Syria. Some 200 delegates from Syria’s north, home to a predominantly Kurdish population, attended the conference.

    The Kurds are a Middle Eastern ethnic group with the population of some 30-35 million living mainly in Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria.


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