During the visit of the Swedish delegation, which lasted for 5 days, and on the sidelines of their work program in the region, the Head of the delegation, the Special Envoy for the Syrian file in the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Per Ornius, spoke in a statement to our agency (ANHA) about Sweden's vision and policies towards the regions of north and east Syria and its view of the Autonomous Administration project.
Ornius began his speech by confirming that their relations with the Autonomous Administration in North and East Syria are good, and said about their visit: "We are happy with the meetings, and proud of that, and we seek to support the administration in the region."
"We support the Autonomous Administration project and hope that it will be a model for all Syria'
In response to a question that Sweden has not yet formally recognized the Autonomous Administration and its institutions, Ornius said: "We support a united Syria, and there is no recognition policy we have for the Autonomous Administration in isolation from Syria. Our relations are based on support for the democratic project, and we see this project is correct for the society to amanage itself. We hope that it will be a model for all of Syria to manage itself like this region, and we in Sweden see the Syrian crisis within the framework of Syria in general and not as one part."
"Sweden and other countries are working to bring the region's representatives to the Syrian solution'discussions"
As for the marginalization of the role of the representatives of northern and eastern Syria in the negotiations for the Syrian solution and the constitution committee, Ornius said: "Yes, there are important representatives in this region, and they are not included in the discussions being held regarding Syria, but we are not with those big powers to impose the inclusion of the region's representatives to those discussions, but in all international meetings and discussions, we always ask representatives from north and easte Syria to attend and join because their presence is important for a comprehensive solution to the Syrian crisis in general, and we will continue this work until we reach a conclusion."
He emphasized that there are other countries that want representatives of north and east Syria to join the discussions, just as there are countries that refuse that. He said: "We will strive together for all the Syrian parties to meet to find a solution to the crisis."
"There are institutions that we are helping to support the region and we got surprised that they are not here"
In his answer to why Sweden does not provide aid directly to the Autonomous Administration areas and send it through the Syrian government which does not provide anything to the region, Ornius said: "As a country, we provide aid to the United Nations institutions in addition to other organizations, and a lot of these organizations are here in the region, but there is another thing that we provide aid to the United Nations organizations, but we did not see these organizations on the ground during the period of our visit here."
Ornius indicated that there are some organizations that have political reasons, so they are forced to deal with the region via the Damascus government and send aid through them, stressing that this "causes problems and crises." He said: "We will discuss these points and try to find solutions to them, and we will also communicate with other countries to try to send support and aid to this area directly."
"We are not part of the war agreements in the region, but we are seeking to prevent them"
As for the role that Sweden can play in putting pressure on the international community and its governments regarding the displaced due to the Turkish attacks, Ornius said: "I know that there are agreements among the forces on the ground in the region, and we are not part of those agreements. We hope that each party will play its role within agreements, and seek to prevent further attacks on the region because this region needs safety away from war."
He noted that the whole world is not silent about the Turkish attacks, and said: "The voice may not be sufficient for us to be able to stop the attacks, but the whole world, including Sweden and Europe said it publicly since the first day of the attacks on Serêkaniyê that these attacks are untrue and unfair. Several years ago during the attacks on Afrin, we also said at the time that this attack will not bring a solution with it. The solution for the Syrian people must be through peace, and we all help to find solutions away from the military attacks and we are working for that."
"Everyone has solutions, but policy inconsistencies prevent them"
In response to a question of what should the international community do to reach a solution to the Syrian crisis? He replied: "A difficult question, but at the present time the whole world has solutions. However, the conflicting policies of some interfering countries in the Syrian affairs prevent their implementation. Therefore, it requires a lot of work and discussions, and we hope to find a solution to it as soon as possible."