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    UN Bars Kurdish Party From Geneva Talks, Possibly Due to Ankara's Pressure

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    Syrian Kurds have not been invited to the Geneva peace talks because of opposition from Turkey, according to Khaled Isa, representative of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party.

    In an interview with Sputnik's Arabic edition, Khaled Isa, a representative of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) earlier establihsed in northern Syria, said that Syrian Kurds were not invited to the Geneva peace talks on Syria due to pressure from Ankara and its reluctance to help settle the Syrian crisis.

    His remarks came after UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura told French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius that he had not invited any PYD representatives to the inter-Syrian talks in Geneva.

    Turkish and Syrian Kurds run as Turkish security forces use tear gas to disperse them near the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border, near the southeastern town of Suruc . file photo
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    Turkish and Syrian Kurds run as Turkish security forces use tear gas to disperse them near the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border, near the southeastern town of Suruc . file photo

    "Of course, we have not been invited due to pressure from Turkey. It seems that they do not want the Geneva conference to succeed in finding a democratic solution to the Syrian conflict," Khaled Isa said.

    He also said that Kurds had proven themselves as staunch opponents to Islamism in Syria, and that they have a plan to create a democratic secular society in a territory three times that of neighboring Lebanon, which is regarded as a threat by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

    "We are seeking to resolve the crisis by notably taking part in the talks, but given the current state of affairs, the ball is in the regional and international forces' court. If they really wanted to solve the crisis, we would have been invited," he added.

    Staffan de Mistura, for his part, said that the peace process involving Syrian opposition forces and the government of President Bashar Assad is due to begin on January 29 and is expected to last at least six months.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has, meanwhile. emphasized that the absence of the Syrian Kurds at the Geneva talks would significantly undermine the meeting's effectiveness.

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