Deputy of the joint presidency of the Executive Council of the Autonomous Administration in Northern and Eastern Syria Badran Çiya Kurd, on the results of the meeting between Russia, Turkey and Iran yesterday.
Badran stressed at the beginning of his speech that the Astana group is looking for mechanisms and opportunities to preserve its interests in Syria, and maintain the deadlock in the Syrian crisis.
He said, "Addressing issues with this mentality will only lead to rooting the crisis, and we see that the understandings that come from the Astana meetings are only to satisfy Turkey in the first place, as they do not agree on the basic issues, and if they agree they do not implement. However, each time and as usual they agree on their hostility to the Autonomous Administration in northern and eastern Syria, which represents a Syrian national democratic project, and accusing it of describing it with attributes we do not accept at all, as stated in the final statement of the meeting, as if it was an attempt to divide Syria.
Badran Çiya Kurd indicated that the results of the meeting are to camouflage and cover up the occupation and annexation projects that Turkey is working with its mercenary groups in the parts it occupied from Syria (Afrin - Idlib to Jarablus and Ras Al-Ain /Serekaniye) as all practical practices are evidence to prove what we say.
Badran pointed out that they support reaching a political solution as well, and said, "We also stress the necessity of a political solution, and there is no alternative to it, by developing a Syrian-Syrian dialogue process, but we totally disagree about what the meeting stressed, about moving the political process through the so-called the Constitutional Committee in Geneva in accordance with Security Council Resolution 2254.
Deputy of the joint presidency of the Executive Council of the Autonomous Administration in Northern and Eastern Syria Badran Çiya Kurd pointed out that what was arranged in Geneva is totally inconsistent with the aforementioned Security Council resolutions, which stipulates that all Syrian representatives must participate without excluding any spectrum or component, but what we see is that there is a complete exclusion of representatives of the components of northern and eastern Syria, through their existing project, which manages a third of Syria's geography.
In response, Badran Çiya Kurd added that five million Syrians live on this geography, and there is also a clear exclusion of real representatives of Syrian society, in which case we clearly say to the public opinion, "Results of this committee does not represent us, we are not obligated to, and the formulation of such a committee is only to satisfy Turkey, and its policy, and cannot bring a solution to the Syrian crisis."
Regarding the tripartite statement on coordination and joint action to combat terrorism, Çiya Kurd said, "We believe that there is no need to prove the presence of thousands of terrorists and terrorist groups internationally classified in terrorist lists in the Turkish occupation areas from Serekaniye to Afrin and Idlib, which receive direct support from Turkey on all levels, and terror atrocities are practiced against our people in all regions. This terrorism and its supporters must not be fought, instead of walking behind Turkey towards a wrong goal, and this is covering up terrorism and protecting it specifically from Turkey.
At the end of his speech, pointed out that Turkey is the real obstacle to resolving the Syrian crisis, which lack of commitment is clear indication of that, and the implementation of what is agreed upon between the allies in Astana.
If dealing according to this perspective, Astana is dead, and it cannot be a way out of any problem that requires a Syrian solution. Let us consider what Astana has brought to Daraa and Afrin, these results which were directly reflected and overshadowed all aspects of the Syrian crisis.