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    It Is Hard to Imagine Political Process in Syria Without Kurds

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    It is hard to imagine the resumption of the political process in Syria without Kurds, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said Monday.

    VIENNA (Sputnik) — Gatilov said UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura should "fulfill his mandate defined by relevant UN Security Council resolutions and resume the intra-Syrian dialogue on a broad representative basis as soon as possible."

    He said the opposition's delegation should "include representatives of all… Syrian opposition groups that have their political platforms."

    "Another mandatory condition without which is it hard to count on successful resumption of the political process: Kurds should be included in the negotiating process. Kurds are a real military and political force having control of a considerable part of Syrian territory, which actively participates in the fight against terrorism," Gatilov said.

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