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    Kurdish children hold a flag of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) political wing, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), and banners during a demonstration against the exclusion of Syrian-Kurds from the Geneva talks in the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli on February 4, 2016

    Kurds Absence From Geneva Talks Not a UNSC Issue - Moscow

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    Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov reiterated Russia’s longstanding view favoring the inclusion of Kurdish groups in the intra-Syria negotiations.

    GENEVA (Sputnik) – The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has not addressed the inclusion of Syrian Kurds to the reconciliation talks in Geneva because the task is under the purview of Special UN Envoy Staffan de Mistura, Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said Wednesday.

    The region’s biggest ethnic minority was glaringly absent at the negotiating table, including the latest round of substantial proximity talks between the Syrian government and opposition delegates that wrapped up for a two-week recess on March 24 in Geneva.

    "The UN Security Council has not considered this issue separately. This is de Mistura’s task as the UN special envoy for Syria – bringing the parties to the negotiating process. He issues invitations in accordance with a mandate entrusted to him," Gatilov told RIA Novosti.

    He reiterated Russia’s longstanding view favoring the inclusion of Kurdish groups in the intra-Syria negotiations.

    "It will be a positive step if Kurds emerge at the talks," Gatilov stressed.

    The head of the Syrian Kurdistan office in Moscow, Rodi Osman, told RIA Novosti earlier in the day that the Kurd representatives have not yet been invited to take part in the next round of talks that could begin as early as April 9.


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